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Hunterdon prosecutor addresses law enforcement accountability


Acting Prosecutor Michael J. Williams addressed the Hunterdon County Freeholders at their June 16, meeting and about topics, including the “tragic death” of George Floyd, the protests taking place throughout the country, and Hunterdon County law enforcement’s approach to use of force and law enforcement accountability.

“This tragedy, horrific as it is, creates a basis for change and reform,” he said.

“The public should know that the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office and local law enforcement leaders in the county are absolutely committed to a fair, just, and bias-free criminal justice system. These are not just words. Law enforcement in this county and state back them up.”

Williams detailed the current standard operating procedures and policies Hunterdon County uses to track use of force incidents. He said each incident requires an independent review process that ensures uniformity and produces transparency and factual findings. The Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office’s Internal Affairs Unit is responsible for tracking every use of force incident that takes place in the county.

In an effort to foster greater public input, the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office – along with the other County Prosecutor’s Offices – will conduct community listening sessions on how to build a better statewide use of force policy. That outreach will ask listeners to provide input for that policy.