A transparent investigation that includes witness interviews and disclosure of all body camera videos is required. Moreover, even if the belt-grabbing allegation is proven to be true, the police department will still have to explain how the baton-wielding officer’s actions were appropriate and, if they weren’t, what discipline the officer will face. The burden will be on the police department to demonstrate that it can credibly investigate itself. If this incident shows that it can’t, it will be time to create a civilian complaint review board.
For the last two and a half years, Jersey City Together’s Education Team and parents across the city have been engaged in a focused fight to increase local funding for our public schools. For the first two years, our work helped create incremental progress — an extra $5.3 million in 2018, another $6 million in 2019.
Jersey City residents stuck at home looked, desperately, to local authorities for answers. That tap, too, ran pretty dry. Neither the municipal government nor Suez, the utility company that provides our water, were forthcoming with answers.
We commend Governor Murphy for his strong leadership during this crisis. However, this step — one that not even New York has taken — is going too far. Please governor Murphy, reconsider, and open the parks.
Caven Point is a small, ecologically sensitive twenty one-acre piece of land. It is unique, precious and fragile. There isn’t room on it for herons, falcons, seals and golfers.
Nothing could be sadder than the firestorm unleashed by an incendiary Facebook post from board of education member Joan Terrell-Paige following last week’s killings at a kosher market in Greenville.
Whether we like it or not, every day we are dragged out of our comfort zone and must engage with people from cultures that seem strange and different from our own. And, yes, sometimes, like staring down the face of a cliff, we feel scared and threatened.
This first “issue” dated October 15, 2019, is just a beginning, a seed that will hopefully grow into something larger and better. We hope to regularly update the site with new content. Most important, we hope that Jersey City Times will in some small way help to better educate everyone about what makes Jersey City a great place to live and how we can make it even better.