TRENTON, NJ – The State Legislature, under the leadership of Senate Law and Public Safety Committee Chairwoman Linda R. Greenstein (D-Middlesex/Mercer) will begin a series of hearings on Wednesday to examine potential police reform.  The committee will hear from state leaders in law enforcement as well as community activists.  

“Our nation and communities are hurting. The murder of George Floyd has spurred outrage and anguished conversation on the need for police reform and the future of policing.  We must build trust and collaboration between police and communities of color,” said Greenstein. “As peaceful protests continue to take place around New Jersey and across the country, calling for an end to the racial injustices plaguing our nation, it is our duty as elected officials to address these concerns here at home.”

The committee will be take testimony from New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, President of the New Jersey State Conference of the NAACP Richard Smith, top New Jersey Police Union officials, representatives from Black Lives Matter, and other community leaders on law enforcement reform.

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“The Senate Law and Public Safety Committee is eager to hear from advocates and experts on how we can create more effective policing here in New Jersey. Wednesday’s hearing is the first in a series that aims to explore potential police reforms. We will examine community policing models, licensing, training, civilian review boards, use of force, accountability, discipline, and many other topics.”

The hearing will be held on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 10:00am.  The committee will hear testimony from invited guests by telephone and/or video concerning various issues relating to police reform. 

The hearing will be available for the public's viewing online at www.njleg.state.nj.us.

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