MORRISTOWN, NJ -- The Town of Morristown will evaluate all available options regarding the decision made by a civil jury in Superior Court on Tuesday, May 29th, which awarded $1.7 million in punitive damages and compensation to Morristown Police Department officer Keith Hudson.

The Town strongly disagrees with the payment of damages presented against the town and will be actively working to dispute the decision.

"The Town relies on the Chief's recommendations in personnel matters in the Police Department. We expect everyone to be treated fairly and are concerned by some of the information that came out at the trial,” added Mayor Timothy Dougherty. “However, we are proud of our law enforcement and the tenor of this case does not reflect the core of the Morristown Police Department, nor its hard working men and women."

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One of the top priorities for the Town of Morristown has always been to ensure the safety of its residents and promote the highest quality of life for those who live in Morristown. The town will continue to support and appreciate all that our law enforcement officers do to contribute to realizing this mission within our community.

The Town's legal team will continue to assess this situation as they evaluate options for appealing this decision. Updates will be released to the public as new developments are made.

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