NJ State Troopers Associations strongly support the nomination of Bergen Co. Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal for Attorney General
NJ Troopers Assoc. (@STFA_NJ) tweeted at 11:34 AM on Tue, Dec 12, 2017:
The NJ State Troopers Associations strongly support the nomination of Bergen Co. Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal for Attorney General. Prosecutor Grewal’s professionalism, record of accomplishments, knowledge & experience bring a highly qualified nominee to lead the NJ Dept of L&PS
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Chris J Burgos
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – PROBLEMATIC CHARITY TELEMARKETING PRACTICES CONTACT: CHRISTOPHER J. BURGOS, PRESIDENT, STATE TROOPERS FRATERNAL ASSOCIATION OF NJ
Telemarketing attempts to coerce donations is shameful…
We continue to receive information that a number of misrepresentations, questionable practices and tactics used to solicit funds by so-called “police defense”, “police foundation” and “trooper coalition” groups are ongoing.
We DO NOT solicit funds from the public, we NEVER have, we NEVER will.
Please use sound judgment and request information to be mailed to you so that you can review the request for any donation, and exactly where the funds are going for any “charitable” causes, before you make any decision to contribute.
Request to see the financial reports of the telemarketing firm and the charity they represent… (They will probably hang up on you at that point of the conversation).
Please file a complaint with the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs here and the Better Business Bureau here if you feel harassed, or forced in any way by promise or threat that a “donation” is required in any way.
Please call us at 732-528-6388 if you have any questions of anyone making representations that they are soliciting donations for any “state trooper” group. We want to know and we will follow up accordingly.
JOINT PRESS RELEASE WITH THE NEW JERSEY STATE TROOPERS’ FRATERNAL ASSOCIATION.
This office represents the unnamed trooper involved in the shooting of a 14 year old youth in Trenton, N.J. on August 7, 2015. The event took place near the intersection of Calhoun Street and Louise Lane and the youth was identified as Radazz Hearns. Remarks made by elected officials and the family attorney for Radazz Hearns concerning the shooting incident on August 7, 2015 have been gratuitous, inflammatory and dangerous. The actions of the Trooper and Mercer County Sheriff’s officer involved in that shooting are completely justified. Simply put, you cannot threaten law enforcement officers with a gun and not expect that something bad will happen to you.
The Trooper and Sheriff’s officer involved in the shooting are part of a specially formed task force (Targeted Integrated Deployment Effort – T.I.D.E.) which was formed at the direction of the attorney general to stem the tide of violent crime in Trenton, including the daily, endless shootings that occur in that city. Gunfire in Trenton is so rampant that shotspotters, a system designed to immediately alert police of gunfire and its specific location, have been placed throughout areas of the city which have been determined as being the most dangerous for violent crime, street gangs, and shootings.
For the past three years, troopers and other law enforcement officers assigned to the
T.I.D.E. initiative have performed spectacularly while impacting the crime ridden areas of Trenton, clearly improving the quality of life and safety of the law abiding people who reside amongst the thugs who engage in a wide range of criminal acts, including drug dealing, assaults and murders. These dedicated law enforcement officers leave their families daily and place their lives on the line as they confront the hardened and dangerous criminals that bring nothing but terror to the good citizens of Trenton.
The efforts of the courageous officers assigned to this special unit have yielded amazing results, effectuating hundreds of arrests from as many investigations for an array of criminal activities including drug possession, drug distribution, weapons possession and other violent crimes. They have also removed over a hundred firearms from the streets of Trenton; firearms that could potentially have harmed innocent civilians. The officers’ work has been recognized by the Attorney General, the upper commands of their respective agencies, as well as the Mayor of Trenton, who personally congratulated the members of this unique crime fighting unit for their outstanding work and for keeping the citizens of Trenton safe.
As you can imagine, operating in such a volatile criminal atmosphere does not come without the threat of potential deadly force incidents. Members of the T.I.D.E. initiative have shown incredible restraint while defusing potential deadly force incidents. Their commitment to the safety of the citizens of Trenton, as well as their professionalism, never wavered, even in the face of extreme danger such as being shot at and assaulted.
Therefore, it is inconceivable that elected officials and others have adopted a narrative used nationally to impugn the reputation of these fine officers. In less than one week after an investigation into the shooting on August 7th commenced, community leaders and elected officials met at what can easily be deemed a rally for Radazz Hearns. Comments such as stating that the nation’s trust in police and the criminal justice system have been shaken from unexplained and unnecessary deaths due to interactions with law enforcement from Congresswoman Bonnie Watson-Coleman were obviously made to undermine the investigation of the shooting and cast the officers involved in a negative light. Additionally, Congresswoman Watson-Coleman’s statement that cases like this should be handled quickly and decisively as in the case of an officer in Cincinnati who was arrested and charged with shooting an unarmed individual, clearly suggests that the trooper and sheriff’s officer in this case are guilty of a criminal act without referencing a single fact to support that innuendo. Such remarks by a public official and community leader are divisive and can only serve to stoke the fires of discontent and surely lead to civil disobedience. In short, they are utterly irresponsible.
The ineptness of Congresswoman Watson-Coleman’s remarks is clearly reflected by her references of what occurred in Ferguson and Baltimore as an example of what to be concerned about in this instance. After a long and thorough investigation by both the St. Louis County District Attorney’s office and the U.S. Department of Justice, the officer involved in the Ferguson shooting was cleared of any criminal act, and all of the inflammatory remarks about him were debunked, especially the “hands-up, don’t shoot” statements. The case against the Baltimore police officers, which was brought about in a “swift” investigation is swiftly unravelling. Congresswoman Watson-Coleman would best serve her constituency if she endorsed the process as implemented by the attorney general instead of making gratuitous remarks while demanding that the federal government supercede the investigation. Making such a demand only days after the investigation began serves only to undermine the integrity of the attorney general’s office which, itself, creates an atmosphere of distrust.
More inflammatory, however, are the statements made by the Hearns family attorney, Samuel Anyan, Jr. To state that the officers were “trying to execute a 14 year old boy” goes well beyond all concepts of proper decorum and decency. One would expect to hear such words from a radical revolutionary bent on mass civil disobedience and destruction instead of hearing it from a learned professional who should practice within the bounds of good form.
While it is important to conduct a thorough investigation into the shooting that occurred on August 7, 2015, in view of all of the questions made of the officers’ actions in that incident, I find it striking that nobody inquired about why a 14 year old youth was out on the street late at night. It appears that community leaders, including elected officials, are more concerned about impugning law enforcement officers without a shred of evidence than focusing on the conditions of neighborhoods where street gang violence is prevalent.
The trooper and sheriff’s officer involved in the shooting of Radazz Hearns acted within the strict requirements of the attorney general guidelines which govern the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers. I am certain that the facts of this case will bear that result. The officers were in fear of imminent and deadly harm from a 14 year old youth who was in possession of a firearm.
Robert A. Ebberup, Esq., Attorney for Unnamed Trooper
Christopher Burgos, President, New Jersey State Trooper’s Fraternal Association
NEW JERSEY STATE TROOPERS DEPLOYED AT SHORE TO PROVIDE ENHANCED SECURITY IN THE WAKE OF STORM
TRENTON, NJ — The Christie Administration today announced that the New Jersey State Police will be deploying troopers to the barrier islands that were hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy to work with local and county agencies to ensure safety and security for those Shore communities.
The State Police will provide an enhanced law enforcement presence to protect the property of residents and merchants against potential looting or other crimes, while also providing additional resources and personnel if needed for any rescue and recovery operations.
“As New Jersey continues to recover from this unprecedented disaster, many homes remain unsafe for habitation due to electric outages and property damage, particularly on the barrier islands,” said Governor Christie. “A general state of emergency declaration continues, and local evacuations and curfew orders remain in effect. Property owners who are prevented from returning home should know that troopers and other police are on alert for individuals breaking curfews.”
Attorney General Jeff Chiesa promised that anyone who engages in looting will face serious penalties.
“Anyone who would further victimize the people suffering from this storm deserve the maximum punishment allowed by the law,” Attorney General Chiesa said. “We want those hardest hit by Sandy to know that there is an increased police presence in these Shore communities and that we will be vigilant with respect to their homes and businesses while they are forced to remain inland for their safety. At this time, fortunately, we have not received reports of any extensive looting.”
Members of the public who witness potential looters should call 911 with as much descriptive information as possible. Do not approach suspected thieves, but leave the apprehension to police.
Nearly 30 detectives from the Division of Criminal Justice have been involved in conducting security patrols in Monmouth County over the past 24 hours.
The New Jersey State Police, local police and county agencies have been engaged in preparation, rescue and recovery efforts since well before the onset of Sandy. Many first responders have been put their personal and family needs on hold to selflessly serve the citizens of our state.
Their efforts have resulted in large numbers of rescues, thousands of residents sheltered, and roadways re-opened.
“Communities are pulling together in impressive ways. Homeowners should continue to watch out for each other’s safety and property. Check on your neighbors especially the elderly or those with special needs,” said Colonel Rick Fuentes, Director of the State Office of Emergency Management and Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.
Additionally, Fuentes advises residents to use common sense when it comes to heating, cooking and lighting during electric outages, offering the following safety tips:
- Never operate a generator indoors, but make sure it is in a well-ventilated area, free from combustible items
- Never leave candles unattended. Use flashlights when available.
- Retreat from, and report to utilities, any smell of gas or other fuel.
- Don’t use gas or propane ovens for heating
- Don’t consume food or drinks exposed to flood water
- Additional food safety tips can be found at http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/foodwater/facts.asp
The Christie Administration, through the Division of Consumer Affairs, is also deploying teams of investigators across New Jersey in response to more than 100 calls that have been received from consumers alleging that gas stations, sellers of generators, hotels, and other merchants that sell other essential items, have violated state law by engaging in price gouging in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
Consumers who believe they have been cheated or scammed by a business, or suspect any other form of consumer abuse, can file a complaint with the State Division of Consumer Affairs by visiting its website or by calling 1-800-242-5846 (toll free within New Jersey) or 973-504-6200.
Christopher S. Porrino, Attorney General
Division of Criminal Justice
Elie Honig, Director
For Immediate Release:
December , 2017
For Further Information Contact:
Peter Aseltine (609) 292-4791
STATE GRAND JURY DECLINES TO RETURN INDICTMENT IN CONNECTION WITH IN-CUSTODY DEATH OF MAN ARRESTED BY STATE POLICE ON AC EXPRESSWAY
TRENTON – A state grand jury declined to file any criminal charges at the conclusion of its deliberations regarding the death of Marshall Zamor, 39, of Sicklerville, N.J., who died while in the custody of the New Jersey State Police after being arrested on a drug charge on the Atlantic City Expressway on March 29, 2017.
Because the death occurred after Zamor was arrested and while he was in police custody, it was investigated by the Attorney General’s Shooting Response Team under the Attorney General’s Directive on Police-Use-of-Force Investigations. The Shooting Response Team is made up of investigators from the Division of Criminal Justice and the New Jersey State Police Homicide Unit. After hearing testimony and evidence from the team’s investigation, the state grand jury concluded its deliberations on Dec. 14 and declined to indict any of the law enforcement officers involved in the fatal incident.
With regard to the specific factual circumstances of the incident, the investigation revealed that Zamor was stopped on the Atlantic City Expressway at approximately 10:52 a.m. on March 29 because the windows of his vehicle had illegal tinting. The trooper smelled marijuana and requested backup. Zamor was repeatedly ordered out of his car, and after refusing to obey the orders for several minutes, exited the vehicle and was arrested. The trooper walked Zamor to the rear of his car, handcuffed his hands behind his back, and searched him, but no force was used by the trooper. A probable cause search of the car revealed two suspected marijuana “blunts,” which later tested positive. Zamor was brought to the Atlantic City Expressway State Police Station, where he was placed in a holding cell pending processing on the charge of possession of marijuana. Video footage from the police vehicle revealed that Zamor was chewing on something while he was being handcuffed and as he was transported in the troop car to the station. At one point, a small white object could be seen inside Zamor’s mouth, and at another point, he leaned forward and left a streak of saliva on the partition in the vehicle, which later tested positive for cocaine.
Zamor was placed in a holding cell at the station at 11:34 a.m. Before he was placed in the cell, the trooper who arrested him searched him again, removing a hooded sweatshirt and a belt he was wearing. After about five minutes, troopers observed that Zamor was using a smart watch and had a large bulge in his cheek. Two troopers entered the cell, where they took the watch and ordered Zamor to open his mouth so they could retrieve the object. Zamor did not cooperate. The troopers tried unsuccessfully to force Zamor to open his mouth so they could remove the object. Three other troopers entered the cell to help hold Zamor against a wall, but the efforts to clear his mouth failed and the troopers left the cell.
While the troopers were forceful in holding Zamor, no punches, strikes or kicks were used against him.
Zamor sat down on the bench in the cell after the troopers left. He continued to act like there was something in his mouth. At approximately 11:46 a.m., the five troopers re-entered the cell, with two
wearing latex gloves. One trooper ordered Zamor to open his mouth and spit out whatever was inside. Zamor did not comply, so the troopers held Zamor while one of the gloved troopers forced Zamor’s mouth open and was able to recover some pieces of suspected crack cocaine, which later tested positive. Additional pieces remained in Zamor’s mouth, and the second trooper wearing gloves tried unsuccessfully to remove those. All five troopers left the cell after a few minutes, and Zamor sat down on the bench. Again, no force was used by the troopers during these efforts beyond the force needed to hold him and try to swipe the object from his mouth. Zamor did not appear to be in distress during or after these attempts.
Zamor continued to work his mouth and wipe his mouth as if he had something in it. After a number of minutes, he began to appear restless and uncomfortable, repeatedly leaning over a sink in the cell, where he drank water and wiped his face, his clothing and the sink with toilet paper. At one point, he put a wad of toilet paper in his mouth. At approximately 12 noon, troopers called for EMS to respond, reporting that a prisoner had ingested suspected crack cocaine. At that same time, troopers again entered the cell. Zamor was continuing to chew on something and he got up and returned to the sink.
The troopers told Zamor to spit out what was in his mouth and one trooper tried to remove the objects, but Zamor continued to resist, shaking his head. Six troopers were in the cell at this time. Two troopers held Zamor against a back wall while the trooper tried to remove what was in Zamor’s mouth, and they then brought Zamor to the floor of the cell.
Zamor continued to struggle with the troopers after he was placed on the ground, and the troopers handcuffed his hands behind his back and held him down. At approximately 12:04 p.m., Zamor’s body began convulsing. The troopers rolled Zamor on his side and moved his head away from the wall during the convulsions. At 12:05 p.m., the State Police made a follow-up call to expedite the response by emergency medical personnel. After Zamor stopped convulsing, Troopers can be seen in video footage administering ammonia packs, commonly called “smelling salts,” in an effort to revive Zamor, who apparently was unconscious. The handcuffs were removed and Zamor was placed on his back. An unsuccessful attempt was made to revive Zamor with a defibrillator, and at approximately 12:09 p.m., two troopers commenced CPR compressions and breathing. They continued CPR until emergency medical personnel arrived and took over. Zamor was taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Pomona, where he was pronounced dead at 1:13 p.m.
During the autopsy, a plastic bag was found obstructing Zamor’s larynx and a piece of suspected crack cocaine was found in his trachea. The plastic bag and suspected cocaine later tested positive.
Toxicology tests revealed cocaine and a cocaine metabolite in Zamor’s blood and urine, as well as THC. There was no evidence of recent significant injuries on Zamor’s body. The Medical Examiner’s Office concluded that Zamor’s death was caused by cocaine intoxication and listed the airway obstruction as a contributory factor. The manner of death was ruled accidental.
After considering the facts, evidence and testimony from the investigation by the Attorney General’s Shooting Response Team, the state grand jury declined to return an indictment.
Under an Attorney General Directive issued in 2006 and strengthened in 2015, the Attorney General’s Shooting Response Team is dispatched to handle investigations of incidents in which a state- or county- level officer uses deadly force or there is an in-custody death involving such officers. The directive establishes strict procedures for conducting these investigations. The Shooting Response Team is made up of deputy attorneys general and detectives of the Division of Criminal Justice, as well as detectives of the State Police Homicide Unit, all of whom operate independently of their usual chain of command and report directly to the Director of the Division of Criminal Justice or a designee. All portions of the Attorney General’s Directive on Police-Use-of-Force Investigations were complied with in this case.
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7 July 2012: National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Introduces Recorded Memorial Tribute Program
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 29, 2012
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National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Introduces Recorded Memorial Tribute Program
Program allows citizens to honor fallen law enforcement officers by funding the creation of recorded tributes
Washington, DC The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has launched a new Recorded Memorial Tribute Program, designed to share the stories of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. The program provides a special way for all citizens to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. In fact, it encapsulates a well-known quote inscribed on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DCs Judiciary Square, It is not how these officers died that made them heroes, it is how they lived.
Each Recorded Memorial Tribute, approximately five minutes long, is created by a team of professional recording engineers, researchers, script writers, and voice actors, and will include photographs by Pulitzer Prize winner David H. Kennerly. Additionally, each donor will be recognized at the end of every Tribute. The Tributes contain many defining accomplishments and memorable quotes about an officerbringing to life each captivating story. Once finished, these Tributes will be housed in the National Law Enforcement Museum, accessible to Museum visitors online and in person when the Museums doors open in 2014. There, visitors will gain a greater understanding of the lives lived and sacrifices made by Americas fallen heroes.
We are thrilled to offer this special opportunity to people across the country to help us document the lives of Americas peace officers in such a unique and lasting way, said National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Chairman & CEO Craig W. Floyd. Never before have Americans had the chance to ensure that stories about a loved one, colleague, neighbor or friend will be preserved for generations and shared with visitors of the National Law Enforcement Museum.
The Recorded Memorial Tribute Program is not exclusive; all Americansindividuals, businesses, civic groups, and veterans organizationsare encouraged to get involved in helping create these beautiful Tributes to commemorate the service and sacrifice of our nations law enforcement officers. Citizens can either fund an entire Tribute or donate to support the Recorded Memorial Tribute Program.
The Recorded Memorial Tribute Program gives grateful communities, businesses, law enforcement agencies and individual citizens an opportunity to express their appreciation for our officers by supporting an initiative that produces lasting tributes in their honor, Mr. Floyd said. What better way to honor Americas fallen officers than to help guarantee their individual stories are told in the nations museum about law enforcement?
To learn more about the Recorded Memorial Tribute Program, visit www.recordedmemorialtribute.com.
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About the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of America’s law enforcement officers and to promoting officer safety. The Memorial Fund maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, which contains the names of 19,660 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. The Memorial Fund is now working to create the National Law Enforcement Museum, which will tell the story of law enforcement through high-tech, interactive exhibitions, historical artifacts and extensive educational programming.
State Troopers Fraternal Association of New Jersey
State Troopers Fraternal Association of New Jersey, Inc.
Statement on Governor Christie Budget
For Immediate Release
February 25, 2015
Christopher Burgos, President
The State Troopers Fraternal Association has had NO conversations nor has any State Police Association agreed to the Governor’s Budget proposal. There has been NO correspondence from the Governor’ s Office referring to suggested changes or proposals for our pension system. The STFA vehemently objects to any kind of pension “freeze” or inferior cafeteria style health care. Every member of the State Police have kept up on our end of “Chapter 78”.
We will review the Commission Report that was kept secret and held from us until after yesterday’s budget address.
We urge the Governor to follow the Court order from the Superior Court, due to the Administration’s willfully breaking the law the Governor signed, no different than any other laws that we as sworn law enforcement officers take an oath to abide by and enforce.
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