|SOMERSET, WARREN and HUNTERDON COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICES' USE-OF-FORCE TOWN HALL:
The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office is updating the state’s Use-of-Force policy. The Somerset, Warren, and Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Offices will be hosting a virtual town hall on Tuesday, July 28th at 5:30 p.m. to solicit ideas and gain insight from members of our community to ensure that the new policy is fair to all residents of New Jersey. Please use this form to submit a question or suggestion to our panel. Please make your submissions by Monday, July 27th.
Although you may comment on any aspect of the policy and its enforcement, we are particularly interested in your thoughts on the following topics:
- Duty to intervene when another officer engages in excessive use of force;
- Specific tactics designed to subdue a subject (chokeholds, neck restraints, strikes to the head and face, use of police dogs);
- Less-than-lethal uses of force (e.g., bean bag shots, rubber bullets, disabling netting);
- Applying force proportionate to the subject’s alleged conduct (e.g., limiting the use of force when the subject has committed a non-violent offense);
- Exhausting all other reasonable means (such as verbal warnings) and pursuing de-escalation before resorting to deadly force;
- Reporting and training requirements;
- Engaging subjects with serious mental illness or substance abuse issues; and
- Any other proposals that reduce the risk of injury and death to civilians while maintaining the safety of police officers.