New Jersey attorney general orders law enforcement agencies to publish list of disciplined officers

Mon June 15, 2020

NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal speaks during an evening of solidarity in Ridgewood on June 10 to show support for Black Lives Matter.

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New York (CNN)Every state, county and local law enforcement agency in New Jersey will be required to publish a list of officers who were fired, demoted or suspended for more than five days due to a disciplinary violation, state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said Monday.

Law enforcement agencies will be required to publish the list of those who commit serious violations annually, with the first to come no later than December 31.
"Today, we end the practice of protecting the few to the detriment of the many. Today, we recommit ourselves to building a culture of transparency and accountability in law enforcement," Grewal said in a statement.
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Evidence of massive voter fraud in Paterson election, court records show

By David WildsteinJune 14 2020

New Jersey Globe

Ballots left on the floor of an apartment building at 789 11th Avenue in Paterson, New Jersey, allegedly by the U.S. Postal Service. Photo courtesy of documents filed with the New Jersey Superior Court.

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Claiming systemic voter disenfranchisement, Bill McKoy has filed a legal challenge to the May 12 election for city council in Paterson’s 3rd Ward and wants a judge to order a new election.

McKoy, the incumbent, trails Alex Mendez by 240 votes after a recount in an election that has been tainted by allegations of widespread ballot tampering that has triggered investigations by state and federal law enforcement.

“In just a few weeks with limited resources, we have uncovered a deep and systemic problem with the way this election was conducted, at seemingly every level,” said Scott Salmon, a lawyer for the McKoy campaign.  “We are most concerned with what appears to be a concerted effort to steal this election through a massive voter fraud program.

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Extra unemployment payments should stop in July, Trump adviser says, adding returning workers should get a bonus

Posted Jun 14, 2020

The White House wants to replace the extra $600 in weekly unemployment benefits with a bonus for employees returning to work, a senior economic adviser said Sunday.

Larry Kudlow, director of President Donald Trump’s National Economic Council, said he would not support continuing the $600 payments past their July 31 expiration date.

“The president is looking at a reform measure that will still provide some kind of bonus for returning to work,” Kudlow said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “But it will not be as large, and it will create an incentive to work.”

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The next big epidemic is evictions | Editorial

Posted Jun 14, 2020

It’s happening already: Renters are being illegally tossed out on the street in the pandemic by their landlords, in truly outrageous fashion.

And in just a few weeks, it’s about to get so much worse.

Imagine, two days after your elderly father dies of coronavirus, being locked out of your apartment by your landlord. This was the experience of Edward Ware, Jr., of Newark, who discovered his locks had been changed while he was out making the funeral arrangements.

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Cops shot me by mistake as I walked near their car, N.J. man says in suit (VIDEO)

Posted Jun 13, 2020

An Essex County man who was shot by undercover police officers nearly two years ago has sued the East Orange Police Department, claiming police mistakenly shot him and later arrested him at a hospital.

Bryan Witherspoon, 36, of East Orange, claims in court papers he was shot several times on Nov. 13, 2018 by two officers responding to shots fired at the same moment as Witherspoon happened to be walking near their car.

The officers mistakenly thought Witherspoon was the shooter, according to a lawsuit filed this week in Superior Court of Essex County.

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Jersey Shore Rebellion Erupts Over State’s Slow Reopening

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THE NEW YORK TIMES

June 12, 2020

Gov. Philip D. Murphy received about 80 percent of the vote in Asbury Park, N.J., in 2017 to win election.

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Asbury Park, N.J., is Murphy country.

In 2017, the Jersey Shore city, known for its urban flare and seaside charm, voted overwhelmingly in favor of Gov. Philip D. Murphy, a first-term Democrat who lives about 15 miles away.

Mr. Murphy held his election night victory party at Asbury Park’s huge brick Convention Hall. And his fellow Democrats control the diverse, mile-square city of 15,500 residents.

But that did not stop an insurrection linked to the coronavirus pandemic from brewing on the boardwalk.

Asbury Park’s City Council voted unanimously this week to let restaurants allow limited-capacity indoor dining starting on Monday, flouting Mr. Murphy’s reopening orders. The governor’s phased-in plan permits only outdoor dining to begin.

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Trump says he'll leave office peacefully if he loses in November

President Donald Trump sought to brush aside fears he might not leave office willingly if November’s election doesn’t go his way.

“Certainly, if I don't win, I don't win,” he told Fox News’ Harris Faulkner in an interview that aired Friday. If he doesn’t win the election, Trump continued, “you go on, do other things.”

Though the president has never given any serious indication that he might not leave office if he were to lose reelection, his comments aired Friday appear to be the first time he has publicly committed to doing so.

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Public records requests rejected by Murphy administration during pandemic. GOP wants to stop that.

Posted Jun 11, 2020

Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration has faced criticism for using a sweeping but previously little-known 2005 law to reject requests from media outlets seeking public information about how New Jersey prepared for and responded to the coronavirus pandemic.

Now, a Republican state lawmaker wants to alter a portion of that law to prevent government agencies from citing it to deny documents.

The bill from state Sen. Joe Pennachio, R-Morris, comes a few weeks after NJ Advance Media, the USA Today Network, and the Associated Press published similar stories about how agencies in Murphy’s administration have pointed to a one-sentence provision in the 2005 Emergency Health Powers Act to reject requests for information related to the state’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis.

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Newark to divert $11M from public safety to create violence prevention programs

Posted Jun 11, 2020

Newark is slated to divert about $11.4 million from the city’s $228 million public safety budget toward violence prevention programs amid a growing push from activists to defund the police after George Floyd’s death.

City council on Wednesday passed a first reading of an ordinance supported by Mayor Ras Baraka to take 5% from the city’s public safety budget to create a new Office of Violence Prevention. The office will provide social services and be located in the city’s First Precinct, which would also be repurposed into a museum under the ordinance.

The mayor said Thursday he does not want to abolish the police department, an idea that has been gaining traction after Minneapolis moved ahead with eliminating its own police without another public safety plan. Baraka said eliminating the police entirely is a “bourgeois, liberal” approach that takes away attention from reforms.

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N.J. small businesses are fed up with Murphy’s coronavirus reopening — and still can’t get answers

June 11, 2020

Eleven weeks into the state-ordered shutdown of his training facility, CK’s.Baseball4u in Marlboro, Craig Koppelman has moved way beyond frustrated. He’s powerless.

Like many business owners across the state, he has no real idea when he’ll be able to reopen or what he can do to prepare. Gov. Phil Murphy has said there are goal posts and metrics for reopening, but hasn’t given any specifics into what those are. Murphy said guidance is coming for gym owners, but until then, they can only guess what the state will require of them.

For Koppelman, this confusion is emblematic of how the state has handled everything about the business-side of the coronavirus crisis, back to the first designation of 'essential' and 'nonessential' businesses.

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