ESSEX COUNTY, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy wants to require all law enforcement in New Jersey to obtain a state license to be employed as an officer at the local and state levels.
If this bill passes, it will mandate prospective officers, among other aspects, to undergo psychological evaluations and complete block of professional education and training beyond the academy.
Speaking at a graduation ceremony for the Essex County Police Academy, Murphy said:
“A designated license for law enforcement simply recognizes our women and men in uniform, such as those who graduate from this Essex County Police Academy, I might add, as the skilled and specially trained professionals they are.
This is a significant step forward for transparency and accountability and to rebuilding the bonds of trust between police and residents especially, not only but especially in Black [sic] and brown communities.
These licenses should be held with honor as they show that these officers have been through rigorous training and have upheld what it means to be a law enforcement officer to the highest professional standards.”
While some of the requirements would be new to the men and women who make up the New Jersey law enforcement community, the pending legislation appears to fall short of setting a new standard for licensing requirements across the country, as the state’s acting Attorney General claims.
“This proposed legislation consolidates best practices from around the country to create a true national model, a licensing program that will ensure the continued excellence of our dedicated law enforcement professionals,” AG Platkin said.
Other states, 44 in fact, have robust and long-standing licensing requirements.
Texas, for example, requires law enforcement officers to obtain varying levels of Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) certification. As an example, the state requires a minimum of 40 hours of continuing education every two years.
Officers are allowed to obtain more hours as their departments and agencies make those training environments available.
Some of the required courses in Texas include Human Trafficking, Canine Encounters, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Drivers, Civilian Interaction Training, Crisis Intervention Training, Cultural Diversity, Special Investigative Topics, and De-escalation, among numerous others.
The most telling part of the proposed New Jersey legislation is the ability given to the state to suspend or rescind a license of any officer that has been reported for misconduct. The state’s action could come only after a hearing.
“The process in which an officer’s license is revoked is similar in spirit to those in which lawyers, doctors, or even a cosmetologist’s license would, through an unbiased and clear process, following acts of misconduct, giving us yet another tool to weed out bad actors that make an incredibly difficult job even harder for the rest,” said state Senator Linda Greenstein, who plans to sponsor the bill.
“Requiring officers to build a portfolio of continuous professional development to demonstrate their ongoing and up-to-date professional competence is a crucial step toward delivering safe communities and a fair justice system for all New Jerseyans.”
In other words, New Jersey is asking to allow civilian oversight in the decision-making process of suspensions and revocations of licensing.
The Police Training Commission says that it simply allows agencies a database for checking names and vetting candidates for hire. This will make it more difficult for officers guilty of misconduct to simply catch on with a different department, according to the PTC.
The head of the state’s police union, Pat Colligan, endorsed the proposal.
“This is a bill that codifies what was basically in effect,” said Colligan. “This really is nothing to be feared. It will be a good thing for law enforcement.”
While the bill also seems to have support in the state chambers, it remains to be seen if the legislation actually passes and winds up on Murphy’s desk to be signed into law.
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ATLANTA, GA – For several years now, anti-police protestors have either called for the total abolishment of law enforcement, for them to be defunded or, at the very least, to be required to be better trained. Cities literally burned as a result of their hatred for law enforcement.
So, in September, the Atlanta City Council approved a new state-of-the-art police training academy. It is scheduled to be situated on 85 acres that is part of a 350-acre tract owned by the city.
Now, protestors are mounting another assault to protest the building of what they are labeling “cop city.”
Atlanta police have arrested multiple individuals for allegedly throwing rocks and “Molotov cocktails” at officers at the proposed construction site.
Those protestors claim that they never attacked officers, but that law enforcement were the aggressors, trying “intimidation methods” and suppressing their right to free speech.
No one was injured, but authorities say that threats of harm to law enforcement will not be tolerated.
“Criminal activity is not protest,” said APD Assistant Chief Darin Schierbaum. “Criminal activity is just that, and we will arrest individuals that attempt to harm our officers.”
Atlanta’s Fox 5 reports that Atlanta PD, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the FBI were called in, as protests over these types of construction projects around the country.
Schierbaum said that they detained 8 individuals, most of whom had out-of-state licenses, for charges ranging from criminal trespass to obstruction of a law enforcement officer.
First, they were throwing rocks, but eventually someone hurled a glass container with accelerant inside and a crude ignition device.
“We will not be deterred by the acts of a few that do not represent our community, and our community values and were attempting to harm first responders today,” Schierbaum said.
Protestors say that they never assaulted officers and that law enforcement presence in the area will only go to further alienate black and brown communities.
“Police raided a growing protest encampment in these woods, training SWAT rifles on environmental activists. this is an attempt to demoralize a vibrant and diverse movement, that is led by local community members against the replacement of the largest urban tree canopy in the United States with the largest police training compound in the United States,” said Mae Johnson, who lives nearby.
Since they claimed that the protests were base over the environmental impact the construction would have on the area, the Atlanta City Council said they would be planting hundreds of trees to replace each tree being cut down.
The remaining 256 acres surrounding the facility would stay green space.
These protests by the group are not their first. According to the Fox News report:
“Over the last month, the group has protested at company contracted to build the training facility and even its CEO’s home. Last week, police in Cobb County arrested two protesters for vandalizing the office of one of the building contractors involved in the project.”
defend the ATL forest! May 8-15 pic.twitter.com/pELLt0tMJk
— Defend the Atlanta Forest (@defendATLforest) March 12, 2022
“We are not extremist, we are neighbors of the forest, residents of south Atlanta, most importantly, we are intelligent people who know the future of the world is on fire,” Johnson added.
A sign nailed to a tree in the threatened Atlanta Forest warns of danger from spikes driven into trees by protestors. pic.twitter.com/ffqPcmZYbv
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) May 14, 2022
Whether they are extremists remains to be determined…but someone in the group has committed a felony.
In 1988, the US Congress passed the Anti-Tree Spiking Act.
In 1993, John Blount and others were convicted under that federal law. one of the individuals involved in the tree-spiking plot was Tracy Stone-Manning. She agreed to testify against Blount and his group in exchange for immunity from prosecution.
That is the same Tracy Stone-Manning that President Joe Biden appointed to be the Director of the Bureau of Land Management.
Idaho Senator James Risch released a statement regarding the confirmation of Stone-Manning.
“Tracy Stone-Manning lied on her ethics paperwork to the U.S. Senate that she had never been the subject of a criminal investigation. She doubled down on that lie – and added a new one that she had no knowledge of the 1989 tree spiking plot – in written responses to the U.S. Senate.
Retired Special Agent Michael Merkley and tree spiking ringleader John Blount laid those lies bare,” said Risch. “Agent Merkley revealed she received a ‘target letter’ that Stone-Manning was going to be indicted on criminal charges for planning the tree spiking. John Blount separately confirmed she’d been in on the plot for weeks. Tracy Stone-Manning perjured herself to the United States Congress. President Biden must withdraw her nomination immediately.”
Obviously, the President was not concerned with his appointee’s radical ties or the fact that she appears to have committed perjury, and she was confirmed in September of 2021.
But it makes some wonder if the protest is really about the environment, or the group that is about to take up residence in the newly constructed buildings, given that numerous comments have been made, like this one:
“The plans have raised concerns that one thing the facility is intended to do is train officers to put down urban insurrections such as those that occurred in the wake of the murder of George Floyd in 2020.”
And this one:
“Those who oppose the expansion of police power have also come out against the Atlanta Police Foundation’s project, placing it within the lineage of the expansion of the ‘prison-industrial complex.’ Such critics claim that the training facility will further expand police militarization in the aftermath of nationwide calls in the summer of 2020 and beyond to defund and even abolish policing infrastructure.”
But yeah, it’s all about the trees.
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It seems these days, far-left radicals almost enjoy obstructing lawful police activity or make threats of violence against them. For more on that, we invite you to
BLM protestor attempts to disrupt an arrest and assault a black officer, ends up getting punched in the face
PITTSBURGH, PA – A protest was held last Saturday in the Pittsburgh suburb of Wilkinsburg honoring 54-year-old Jim Rogers, who died after being tased by police back in 2021.
During that protest, a police officer stopped his car, exited and instructed the protestors to move out of the street. One BLM attendee took it upon themselves to verbally berate the officer.
In response to the officer’s request, the protestor said:
“It is our right.”
The group of demonstrators began to chant, “No justice, No peace, F*ck these racist ass police,” at the officer. As seen in the photos, the “racist ass” cop is also black.
The cinematic photo of #BLM protester Vuestro Merced getting punched by a Wilkinsburg officer after trying to stop an arrest has gone viral. Merced was quickly released from jail & people are using the incident to fundraise cash for the militant activist. pic.twitter.com/hY1jqSC8yS
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) April 17, 2022
The protestor got in the face of the officer, after he was talking to the daughter of the original protestor. As he tried to place the woman under arrest, Vuestro Merced decided to intervene. Merced stepped in between the officer and the woman, pushing the officer away.
The two began struggle with each other before the officer appears to have connected with Merced’s face with a left hook.
Merced fell to the ground and was taken into custody along with the original protestor.
WTAE reported that both individuals arrested had been released.
A person from the Justice for Jim Rogers Foundation, who organized the protest, told the news station:
“We are not interested in engaging with the police or various municipalities’ narratives of dividing so-called good protestors from so-called bad ones. Anyone on the ground at the march today, who had to experience the police attack us, or are now viewing it through it’s being shared on the press or social media can see clearly that those who wield violence are the police. We stand in solidarity and send love to the people who were harmed and arrested, Jim Rogers’ family, and those who have had to bear witness to this horrible incident in our community. We will continue to care for one another and fight for Justice for Jim Rogers and for all victims of police brutality and anti-black violence.”
Many from the protest side are accusing the officer involved of assault. In doing so, they have started a Cash App campaign to support the “victim” of the triggering event.
Turns out, the altercation was recorded and posted to Twitter. The officer was apparently asking them to move due to a building demolition taking place at that corner. The original woman that engaged the officer can be heard saying “Cops lives don’t matter.”
Merced can then be seen putting his hands on the officer and tussling with him before being punched. He attempted to get up before being confronted with a muzzled K9 and was subsequently escorted to a police unit.
BYE FELICIA: A black Pittsburgh police officer LAYS OUT a BLM protester that refused to clear an intersection after warnings, resisted arrest and clearly interfered with an arrest at a BLM protest yesterday pic.twitter.com/1Gkbz5ubN2
— Drew Hernandez (@DrewHLive) April 17, 2022
Drew Hernandez tweeted, “BYE FELICIA: A black Pittsburgh police officer LAYS OUT a BLM protester that refused to clear an intersection after warnings, resisted arrest and clearly interfered with an arrest at a BLM protest yesterday.”
Hernandez was one of the “citizen journalists” that testified at the Kyle Rittenhouse trial. Is it possible that BLM is trying to usher in “The Summer of Love 2?” Time will tell.
Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”. While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.
And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.
And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.
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