The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police became the latest police union to come out against Attorney General Gurbir Grewal’s directive ordering police departments to release the names of officers who have been fired, demoted or suspended for five or more days over the last 20 years.
“As it currently stands, this new Directive takes a haphazard approach, and accordingly misses the mark. While the express purpose is ostensibly to disclose to the public those officers who have violated the public trust, it in fact lumps together officers who may have been guilty of no more than minor administrative infractions, such as calling out sick or being late for a shift, with those who are guilty of having committed truly egregious acts that tarnish the badge,” the union said in a statement.
The New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association and other police unions have launched similar complaints about the directive, which was made in response to the killing of George Floyd.
Floyd, who is black, was killed after a Minneapolis police officer pinned his neck with a knee for nearly nine minutes.
“We continue to stand ready to work with our Attorney General and all interested parties to move policing forward in our state. We understand that openness and accountability must continue to play an integral role between law enforcement and the communities we serve, as it has for many years in New Jersey, before now,” the union said. “However well-intentioned, we urge that an immediate stay be placed on the implementation of this new Directive, and that a system be created that is more practical, equitable, and reasonable.”