HOBOKEN - In the face of nationwide protests, Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla has announced that he will work with the Hoboken Police Department on use-of-force issues.

“Today, in consultation with Police Chief Ken Ferrante, I answered President Obama’s call for Mayors to sign a pledge to review their city’s use of force policies in partnership with their local community. The pledge calls on cities to review their use of force policies, report its findings publicly, and seek community feedback within 90 days of signing the pledge."

The move comes as protests echo nationwide for a change in policing tactics.

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"Chief Ferrante and I fully intend on complying because we both understand, as President Obama pointed out, that official policy which actively encourages de-escalation has been found to lead to less death, keeping both our police and our community safer. For the past six years, Hoboken has neither had a civil suit nor a criminal complaint against any of its police officers for use of excessive force, but there is always room to improve and we intend to do so."

Mayor Bhalla, Councilmembers and various community organizers will reportedly attend a rally planned for Hoboken’s Maxwell Place Park this afternoon, to protest the recent death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and other instances of violence and injustice nationwide.

"As the nation mourns and protests the unconscionable death of George Floyd and so many others, we remain deeply committed to translating grief into concrete action.”

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