NJ Politics Digest: Murphy Turns Fatal Police Shooting Probes Over to State

New Jersey police officers at a crime scene in Paterson, N.J.
New Jersey police officers at a crime scene in Paterson, N.J. Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images

On Wednesday Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation that turns the investigation of fatal shootings by police over to state investigators.

The probes are usually handled by county prosecutors, and police unions opposed the change, claiming it cast a negative light on police and local prosecutors, according to a report by NJ.com.
But advocates for police reform have long pushed for the measure, which they said was needed because county officials often work too closely with local police to provide a fair and impartial appraisal of such delicate cases.

State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, a Murphy appointee, argued the law would just delay investigations, a claim echoed by police unions, according to the NJ.com report. But after Murphy signed the law, Grewal issued a statement saying that he would do “everything in my power to ensure that the new law is implemented in a manner that bolsters public confidence,” according to NJ.com

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