New Bill Changes How Officer-Involved Shootings are Investigated in N.J.

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Last week, Governor Phil Murphy signed into a law a bill that will change the way officer-involved shootings will be investigated.

Murphy signed a bill last week that requires the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office to take over investigations from county prosecutor’s offices of fatal police-involved shootings of individuals or other fatal incidents with police officers.

Under the new bill, the Attorney General's Office will handle the investigation and prosecution of crimes involving a person’s death by law enforcement officers while acting in the officer’s official capacity or while in custody.

Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner issued a statement regarding the law saying, while he opposed the bill because he believed county prosecutors are in the best position to respond to these types of investigations, he will comply with it and assist the attorney general in any way possible.

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