Acting Attorney General Andrew Bruck announced today that 13 officers of the Jersey City and Newark police forces won’t be charged for a 2019 incident in which they shot and killed two assailants who had themselves murdered four people.
On December 10, 2019, David Anderson and Francine Graham shot and killed a Jersey City police detective, Joseph Seals, before heading inside a kosher supermarket and killing three further people. The police arrived shortly afterwards and engaged in a three-hour firefight with Anderson and Graham that left both assailants dead.
The lack of charges announced today serves as an acknowledgement that the 13 officers who fired their weapons during the gunfight did not behave inappropriately or dangerously.
“After considering the facts, evidence, and testimony from the OPIA investigation, the state grand jury found the actions of the officers were justified,” the office of the attorney general said in a statement. “An officer may use deadly force in New Jersey when the officer reasonably believes it is immediately necessary to protect the officer or another person from imminent danger of death or serious bodily harm.”