New Jersey’s top law enforcement official said Friday the state “will never tolerate the types of police practices” that resulted in the death of George Floyd, the Minnesota man whose death in police custody ignited protests nationwide.
State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said in a statement he was “horrified by the footage of Mr. Floyd’s death,” and the recent arrest of the former officer who kneeled on Floyd’s neck was “an important first step in the search for justice.”
The comments came the evening before a planned protest in Newark over Floyd’s death.
Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon that allows New Jersey’s Law Enforcement Agencies to purchase firearms directly from manufacturers was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie yesterday. The legislation clarifies that agencies are not required to have permits or firearms identification cards to purchase guns.
The bill (S2337/A3985) was prompted by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ recent misinterpreted a state regulation so that law enforcement agencies are only permitted to purchase firearms for police officers through a licensed dealer.
Monmouth County Sheriff’s Patrol At Seastreak’s Highlands Terminal. file photo
The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office is on heightened alert for the 14th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorists attacks, according to a statement issued by Sheriff Shaun Golden.
“September 11th is a day of remembrance and reflection for our country,” Golden. “As always, our Law Enforcement Division will be working closely with local law enforcement agencies to take whatever steps are required to ensure the safety and security of the people who live and work in Monmouth County, as well as those who may be visiting.”
In addition to their routine security checks, sheriff’s officers will be assisting local police patrols at ferry terminals and transportation hubs.
K-9 teams will be sweeping ferry terminals and train stations, as well as major 9/11 remembrance observances, as requested. Sheriff’s Marine #1 will be out patrolling the waterways and conducting homeland security checks throughout the day.
NEPTUNE – Members of law enforcement from across the state gathered Tuesday at The Great Auditorium to honor and remember five officers who died in the line of duty over the past year. During the ceremony, acting state Attorney General John Jay Hoffman said that while his heart was heavy with the loss of the officers,… Read the rest of this entry »
President Barack Obama in his speech in Camden Monday touched on four main points, or reforms, he said are needed nationwide. Covering issues including police engagement, crime, youth and students, and the community, the president noted the city’s recent progress stating, “If it’s working here, it can work anywhere.” The cops Obama spoke about Camden County… Read the rest of this entry »
The FBI wants to search through your electronic life. You may think it’s a given that the government is in the business of collecting everyone’s personal data—Big Brother run amok in defiance of the Constitution. But under the limits of the Fourth Amendment, nothing it finds can be used to prosecute its targets. Now the FBI… Read the rest of this entry »
Township Committee Calls For Residents to Light Their Homes Blue
In response to the execution style murders of NYPD Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, the Middletown Township Committee has order that Town Hall be lit blue starting tonight through January 1st, 2015.
The Township Committee issued the following statement this morning:
Monmouth County drivers who are texting or talking on their phones without a hands free device are more likely than ever to be pulled over in October—and more likely to be given a break for the infraction that carries a fine of $200-$400 for a first offense. But the break won’t be just a friendly warning from the officer who pulls the driver over.
For the month of October, law enforcement officers across the county will be armed with distracted driver ticket books. Anyone found driving while distracted may be issued a summons warning providing them 15 days to log on the campaign website at unpluggedandalive.com where each ticketholder will be prompted to securely include their pertinent information and to watch a video detailing the horrific effects of distracted driving.
Brian R. Farmer’s mugshot taken August 6, 2014, one week after the murders of Joan Colbert and Veronica Roach, for which he is accused.
The man accused of murdering Joan Colbert and her 10 year old foster daughter, Veronica Roach, in their Long Branch home on July 30, visited the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office one week after the murder occurred, as part of his mandated monitoring as a registered sex offender.
Brian R. Farmer was convicted in 1996 of aggravated assault for engaging in sexual penetration of a 15 year old girl while he was armed with a knife. Farmer confined the victim and her mother for three days, keeping them tied up. The victims escaped and Farmer burned down their house, according to the New Jersey State Police Registry of Sex Offenders.
Farmer was arrested early this morning for murders of Colbert and Roach. He was additionally charged with first, second and third degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Photos of Farmer engaging in a sex act with the 10 year old Roach were found on his phone.
Sex offenders are monitored by the County Prosecutor’s Offices of the county where they reside, according to State Police Information Officer, Trooper Jeff Flynn. As part of that monitoring, their photos are updated periodically for the Sex Offenders Directory.
Farmer’s most recent mugshot was taken on August 6, 2014, one week after the July 30th murders occurred.