Since the publication NJ Advance Media’s sprawling investigation into police use of force in New Jersey, several forums and events have been announced in response to its findings.
Below are details on all known events related to The Force Report. This article will be updated on a rolling basis. If you don’t see your event or are planning one, please email Stephen Stirling at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maplewood Community Forum on Use of Force
Date: Jan. 14
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Woodland, 60 Woodland Rd, Maplewood, NJ 07040
Description: Township officials, police department representatives, members of our Community Board on Police and a representative from the New Jersey Attorney General’s office will join the public in discussing what we have learned from The Force Report and how it will influence our actions going forward
A Community Conversation: The Golden Rule and the Use-of-Force Report
Date: Jan. 19
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Pilgrim Baptist Church, 172 Shrewsbury Ave, Red Bank, NJ 07701
Description: Please join us at Pilgrim Baptist Church of Red Bank at the Annual Community MLK Weekend, on Saturday, January 19 at noon. NJ Black Multi-Faith Alliance member Pastor Terrance Porter has structured a community conversation on: “the Golden Rule & Police Use of Force Report.”
The moral implications of the light being shined on excessive force in our state require us to change direction immediately. It’s important for all of us to participate in this “Community Conversation.”
Community Listening Session on Police Use of Force and Officer-Involved Shooting Investigations
Date: Jan. 23
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Union Baptist Temple, Bridgeton NJ
Description: Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae will host a community meeting to discuss the AG’s “Use of Force Project” and related issues. The Attorney General’s Office is spearheading a collaborative project in which New Jersey law enforcement leaders are designing a new system to obtain police use-of-force data and ensure meaningful monitoring and transparency of such data.
The community forum also will address the AG’s Independent Prosecutor Directive — which ensures independent investigations of officer-involved shootings — as well as police training programs related to cultural diversity and implicit bias. Community leaders, advocates and stakeholders are invited to attend the forum, which will include a listening session when AG Grewal, Prosecutor Webb-McRae, and other law enforcement leaders will hear from the community about these important initiatives and issues.
South Orange Board of Trustees Meeting
Date: Jan. 28
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: South Orange Performing Arts Center, 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079
Description: South Orange Police Chief Kyle Kroll will attend to discuss and answer any questions about the Force Report’s findings.
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