STATEMENT ON NJ SENATE BILL 1036, NJ ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE INVESTIGATIONS OF FATAL POLICE INVOLVED SHOOTINGS


MAYS LANDING- A law was signed on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, by Gov. Phil Murphy that requires the NJ Attorney General’s Office to take over investigations from county prosecutor’s offices of fatal police-involved shootings of individuals or other fatal incidents with police officers. County prosecutors have previously handled the investigations of fatal police involved shootings and other in-custody deaths, involving local police.

“As a member of the County Prosecutors’ Association of New Jersey, I was opposed to this law because I believe our various county prosecutors offices throughout the state are in the best position to respond to and investigate officer involved shootings. However, now that the legislature has acted and Governor Murphy has signed the bill into law, we will certainly comply with it and assist the Office of the Attorney General  in any way possible to ensure that the integrity of the investigations of Officer involved shootings is maintained,” Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said.

NJ Senate Bill 1036 provides that the state Attorney General handles the investigation and prosecution of crime involving a person’s death by law enforcement officer while acting in the officer’s official capacity or while in custody. The bill further states the requirement of a trial in a venue outside of the county where the incident occurred.

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Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.

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