The three Atlantic City police officers who beat Steven Stadler had nearly 70 internal affairs complaints filed against them across 10 years, prompting Stadler’s attorney to say in court yesterday she’s not sure whether the ACPD really has an “Early Warning System” meant to monitor potential problem officers, the Press of AC’s John DeRosier reports. “They failed in their function to monitor the officers and track officer conduct,” the attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, said.
The state of New Jersey has, per the Asbury Park Press, “internal affairs guidelines that are hailed by police experts as some of the best in the country.” But enforcement is up to the individual departments.
Meanwhile, that nuclear subsidy bill (cool, clear nuclear) is stalled in the senate, the NJ Legislative Black Caucus wants to overturn an antebellum law that prevents people from voting if they’ve been convicted of certain crimes, even if they’re on probation or parole, and administrators at Cherry Hill East High School–who placed a beloved teacher on administrative leave, had his bags searched and ordered him “to complete physical and psychiatric exams” after he talked about the Parkland gun massacre in class–are further demonstrating their equanimity by threatening to discipline students who protested the suspension of the teacher, Timothy Locke. Matt Skoufalos reports that Cherry Hill east Principal Dennis Perry “reportedly threatened the forfeiture of their senior class trip or senior prom” if they persisted in protesting the popular teacher’s suspension. At an impromptu assembly, students “were not allowed to mention any teacher by name during the gathering at risk of suspension,” according to one student.
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