Acting Prosecutor Michael J. Williams addressed the Hunterdon County Freeholders at their June
16, 2020, meeting and discussed various topics impacting our County and the nation. These topics
included the tragic death of George Floyd, the protests taking place throughout the country, and
Hunterdon County law enforcement’s approach to use of force incidents and law enforcement
accountability.


According to Acting Prosecutor Williams, “I want to acknowledge the extremely difficult times
that we all find ourselves in – back in March we began dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, and
three weeks ago we watched the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis that led to the arrest
of four police officers. This tragedy, horrific as it is, creates a basis for change and reform.”
Acting Prosecutor Williams went on to say that the events in Minneapolis have re-started a national
dialogue on social justice and racial equality. The death of Mr. Floyd has raised the issue of law
enforcement accountability, and many Hunterdon County residents are concerned and want to
know how it will be addressed.


Acting Prosecutor Williams stated, “The public should know that the Hunterdon County
Prosecutor’s Office and local law enforcement leaders in the County are absolutely committed to
a fair, just, and bias-free criminal justice system. These are not just words. Law enforcement in
this County and state back them up.”


Acting Prosecutor Williams detailed the current SOPs (standard operating procedures) and policies
Hunterdon County uses to track use of force incidents. He explained that every such incident
requires an independent review process that ensures uniformity and produces transparency and
factual findings. The Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office’s Internal Affairs Unit is responsible
for tracking every use of force incident that takes place in the County.