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New Jersey State Police Superintendent Col. Pat Callahan. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Trenton protest organizer charged with executive order violation

By Nikita Biryukov, April 29 2020 3:26 pm

The organizer of Tuesday’s anti-lockdown protest in Trenton has been charged with violating an executive order barring all public gatherings, authorities announced Wednesday.

Stephanie Hazelton, a 48-year-old Medford resident was charged for violating executive 107, which banned all public gatherings.

New Jersey State Police Superintendent Col. Pat Callahan on Tuesday said officers were policing the protest with discretion, and authorities have not announced any other arrests related to the protest.

The lack of face coverings and social distancing displayed by protesters was likely a catalyst behind the charges against Hazelton.

“Social distancing and face coverings. If that’s not in place and we witness that, then you will be cited accordingly with a violation of the executive order,” Callahan said.

Roughly 25% of Tuesday’s protesters wore face coverings, and few paid heed to other public health guidelines.

Hazelton’s case is being handled by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

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