July 29, 2021

MORRIS COUNTY AFRO-AMERICAN NEWS

MORRIS COUNTY AFRO-AMERICAN NEWS

New State Data Reveals Number of Police Use-Of-Force Incidents in Morristown, Morris Township

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New State Data Reveals Number of Police Use-Of-Force Incidents in Morristown, Morris Township    New State Data Reveals Number of Police Use-Of-Force Incidents in Morristown, Morris Township

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Law enforcement use-of-force data, including statistics from Morristown and Morris Township, is now publicly available as part of a new statewide dashboard that debuted Tuesday.

The Use of Force Dashboard tracks more than 3,000 New Jersey use-of-force cases from October through February as part of a “beta” test dashboard created by state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal. The data includes detailed incident reports — more than 5,500 total impacting 3,677 people — of every closed case in which a state, county or municipal law enforcement officer allegedly used force against a civilian, according to the AG office.

Statewide throughout the five-month period, Black subjects were 53% more likely than white subjects to be involved in a police force case. But more than three-quarters of all subjects were unlikely to be injured during their respective incident.

According to a local breakdown of the New Jersey data, the Newark Police Department reported the most use-of-force cases (309) among state law enforcement agencies.  Morristown Police Department reported 10 cases comprising 15.8% of the total force, while Morris Township Police Department reported 16 cases comprising of 28.6% of the total force.  The Morris County Sheriff’s Department reported 2 cases and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is reporting only one case.

Grewal is encouraging New Jersey residents to review the dashboard and provide feedback using a short survey before an updated version debuts in the coming months.

“We are committed to making New Jersey a national leader on policing reform, and our Use of Force Dashboard is a central piece of that effort,” Grewal said in an April 6 statement. “That’s why we’re so eager to get public feedback.”

The effort coincides with a December overhaul to the state’s Use of Force Policy, limiting force techniques and mandating all state law enforcement to participate in deescalation training.