NJ State Attorney Takes Control of Police Department

Should more states do the same?

  • 98.2k
    LeslieG
    Voted Support
    06/01/2023

    When there have been 40,000 payments at 25 of the nation’s largest police and sheriff’s departments in the last 10 years costing $3.2B+ to settle claims, in addition to wrongful deaths & beatings, state attorney generals have every right to get involved for the obvious crimes being committed against citizens as well as cities where tax dollars are not being spent on infrastructure and schools as it should be.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/interactive/2022/police-misconduct-repeated-settlements/

  • 51.2k
    Brian
    06/02/2023

    It seems it's the job of state attorneys general to protect the civil rights of the people in their states, so this seems appropriate. 

    If a police department, or other body, is abusing the residents of an area, then the state AG should act to protect them. 

    I'm sad that Paterson has come to this, but it seems that this is the right move for New Jersey to take.

    Meanwhile, how much money will spent on settlements to resolve all of this? And what will the taxpayers get in return?

  • 2,934
    Gdbondii
    Voted Oppose
    06/02/2023

    Work with them not take over.  They need to see what their actions cause.

  • 2,443
    Martha
    Voted Support
    06/02/2023

    When local proice depts.. break the law or show a trend of using excessive force, then it makes sense for a higher authority to take control of the dept.  However, if the local dept. is adhering to the law, then higher authorities should not have a right to assume control  The one thing I'd worry about is like in a state like FL where the governor is a whack job and would probably try to take over a local police dept. if they didn't go along with his anti-wok, anti-LBGTQ, anit-abortion, and basically anti-freedom/democracy policies.  With that said if the local officials have been given a chance to correct the problems, but haven't done so, then someone needs to step in and reign them in.

  • 27.6k
    Frank_001
    06/04/2023

    NJ State Attorney Takes Control of Police Department
    Should more states do the same?

    Probably not, but I'm willing to take a "let's see approach" in this particular instance.

    The implicit allegation is that Patterson PD is corrupt from Top to Bottom. This leaves little room for the NJAG to make reforms.

    Hopefully, the NJAG was prepared to hit the ground running and take out several if not all the key players.

    This situation brings to mind a cynical song about revolution and reform by The Who back in the 1970s, "Won't Get Fooled Again." The song ends with the line "Meet the new boss same as the old boss."

    I'd love to be wrong. 

    The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again (Shepperton Studios / 1978)
    https://youtu.be/UDfAdHBtK_Q

  • 2,272
    JERRE
    Voted Oppose
    06/02/2023

    Discrimination

  • 1,229
    colin
    Voted Support
    06/08/2023

    Many police departments have become autonomous groups that not even their town councils can control. The time of police that had a military background with training and discipline has long since passed. The people we have now are youngsters with limited training. They look at the high-paying job in comparison to what else is out there. They say they are underpaid for the work. Join the military and work for their pay first. The 20 and out for many retiring with full benefits at 40+ and going on to double dip is the true incentive. A military background should be required.

  • 3,747
    Kevin
    Voted Support
    06/04/2023

    we need to get this violence under control.

  • 2,237
    wpeckham
    Voted Support
    06/03/2023

    States where the police have a major violence problem within the force SHOULD have some means for a higher authority to take charge and make needed changes.  Alas, most states have no such provision in the state consitution or applicable code.

  • 13.5k
    MrGeer
    Voted Support
    06/02/2023

    police regularly murder unarmed people with no accountabilty.

    police are more dangerous then your average gang, because they have the power of the state behind them, and therefor, rarely face consequence for their actions.

    the current police culture is toxic, and dangerous.

  • 782
    Jackie
    Voted Support
    06/02/2023


    First let me say I support police but they need hold accountable for their actions.  

  • 9,086
    Charles
    Voted Support
    06/02/2023

    Police must be accountable.

  • 1,900
    Dawn
    Voted Support
    06/02/2023

    These cops have to be reigned in! Somewhere along the way, they've deemed themselves judge, jury & executioner...causing harm that they're supposed to protect citizens from.

  • 1,532
    Lael
    Voted Support
    06/02/2023

    Yes

  • 441
    Custom900
    Voted Support
    06/02/2023

    Really depends on each individual situation 

  • 2,769
    George
    Voted Support
    06/02/2023

    PDs need better supervision. 

  • 2,619
    530 East Hunt Highway
    Voted Oppose
    06/02/2023

    You keep asking this inflammatory questions with little details. Sound byte polling is unproductive and irresponsible 

  • 1,085
    SigmaTriz
    Voted Oppose
    06/02/2023

    That's insane.  Crime will go throught the roof in blue States.