CLARK, NJ -- Residents have taken to social media in the days since the Union County Prosecutor's Office and Attorney General of New Jersey moved in to take control of the Clark Police Department on July 23.
Opinions, theories, and rumors about what happened at the Clark PD have spread quickly. Many posts have been in support of the police and township, others have expressed a desire to take a more conservative wait-and-see approach and some used the event as stage to express their discontent for law enforcement.
Two Clark residents felt moved to act in support of local law enforcement and invited others to join them. Nancy Azevedo Bonilla saw what has been happening across the country and locally over the last few months and decided to print and will soon distribute lawn signs in support of the Clark Police.
“It’s not been a very good time for law enforcement nationwide, and Clark has been in the spotlight in a negative way for a bit,” she said. I wanted the Clark police to know that we stand with them, we support them and appreciate what they do on a day-to-day basis.”
Joseph Arancio, got to work designing t-shirts backing the Clark Police. Feeling that law enforcement officers have been getting their share of criticism, he wanted to give support and give back, too.
“There is all this hatred toward the police in this country,” said Arancio. “I wanted to show our police department we are behind them and the proceeds from the shirts go to the Clark PBA #125.”
The response to both projects has been positive according to their creators. Arancio had over 50 orders and Bonilla 200 in the first day.
Residents interested in a $10. lawn sign can purchase through Venmo @Nancy-Bonilla-12. Send her a note with the number of signs desired. Orders will be taken through Monday, August 3.
Those wanting a t-shirt can purchase them through Venmo @Joseph-Arancio. Send note with requested size. Shirts are $20. with proceeds to benefit the Clark PBA #125 according to Arancio.
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