NJ attorney general launches public website to track every case in which police use force

This was reported by Steve Janoski in NorthJersey.Com on April 6,2021:

In a move state officials say will boost transparency in law enforcement and push New Jersey to the forefront of the police reform movement, the state Attorney General’s Office on Tuesday launched a detailed website that will catalog every use of force by every police officer in the Garden State.

The data, which state officials started collecting in October 2020, will allow members of the public, researchers and the media to review the details of each incident. This includes the officer’s name; the age, race and gender of the person against whom force was used; whether that person sustained injuries and what type; what kind of force the officer used and what circumstances led to the confrontation, according to New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.

The website, njoag.gov/force, will continually update as police submit future reports. 

“We are committed to making New Jersey a national leader on policing reform, and our Use of Force Dashboard is a central piece of that effort,” Grewal said, adding that state officials are eager for feedback on the site and its contents. 

The online portal will make it far easier for the public to review police use-of-force records, which previously could be obtained only through a public records request. 

Experts and activists lauded the move and said it would have an immediate impact. 

“The creation of this is an incredibly good thing,” said Alexander Shalom, senior staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey. “It’s a real, important step forward for transparency.” 

Jason Williams, a professor of justice studies at Montclair State University and a Black Lives Matter activist, said it would also help hold police accountable for their actions. 

“This is tremendous,” Williams said. “We needed an official source to track police malpractice and use of force.”

Grewal said the dashboard is the latest in a series of reforms meant to strengthen the public’s trust in New Jersey’s 38,000 law enforcement officers. 

Among these changes was an overhaul of police use-of-force rules, the creation of a red-flag program meant to identify troubled officers and the revamping of state protocols for the internal disciplinary process within police departments, he said.

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Governor Phil Murphy and AG Gurbir Grewal are doing what must be done. This is a step in the right direction to curb the epidemic of police violence against BIPOCs in this country.

My only criticism of this laudable effort is that important items are missing from the data available for public viewing. Some  omissions:

    • Race of the victims (called subjects). If the name and race of the law enforcement officer (LEO) is included, so too should the name and race of the subject in each encounter. How else can we verify the preponderance of force by white cops against innocent Blacks?
    • There is no measure of intimidation. Just as force is physical violence, intimidation is emotional violence. Since the storming of the Capitol on 1/6 by domestic extremists, we have become painfully aware of the power of emotional violence and its lingering effects.
    • There is no record of the height and weight of the LEO and the subject in the individual encounters. A significant mismatch can affect the decision of the LEO to use force or intimidation.

From Lefticon:

Violence – the infliction of physical or emotional pain.

Violence was once limited to physical force resulting in pain, injury, or death, but physical violence against minorities declined as the result of the Civil Rights movement, legislation, and indoctrination of the masses. It then became expedient to supplement physical with emotional violence.

The newer, more inclusive conceptualization of violence includes the emotional pain of exclusion, subservience, and exploitation, with or without injury. Since the political base of the left is a coalition of victim groups, this expanded definition was necessary to expand the political base. Hate speech and verbal bullying became violence, as did many of the forms of sexual harassment and workplace aggression.

The most egregious violent infliction of emotional pain was that suffered by members of Congress who thought their lives were in danger during the siege of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 by 200,000 or more domestic terrorist/insurgent supporters of President Trump.

Emotional violence – non-physical violence perpetrated by a victimizer on an individual victim or group.

Emotional violence often results in emotional pain which can be more hurtful and lasting than physical pain. Severe emotional violence can leave the victim with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, suicidal ideation, sociopathy, or homicidal rage. In some cases, it can trigger suicide or mass murder.

When emotional and physical violence are combined, the effect is synergistic and the emotional sequelae can be transmitted from generation to generation. This phenomenon is called transgenerational or intergenerational trauma and is especially applicable to Black slavery and the Jewish Holocaust.

There are many kinds of emotional violence, some of which are useful tools when properly applied by agents of the state or the media:

    • bullying and shaming in the playground, schoolyard, classroom, social media, workplace, and boot camp (unacceptable except when directed at a white);
    • the cancel culture to punish and deter socially unacceptable behavior;
    • epistemic violence;
    • censorship and its equivalents (deplatforming, demonetization, shadow-banning);
    • triggers used deliberately and without a requisite trigger warning;
    • loud, exuberant, and boisterous behavior;
    • display of a noose or a swastika;
    • nonviolent domestic terrorism triggering fear of physical violence or dysphoric responses like chaos and uncertainty;
    • political rhetoric that triggers fear or dysphoric responses;
    • agitprop, the Soviet method of mass indoctrination, which combined agitation with propaganda;
    • propaganda;
    • psyops, which are psychological operations by governments or institutions, and the PSYOPS military version;
    • struggle sessions (in Maoist China);
    • heritable transgenerational/intergenerational trauma;
    • sensitivity training programs for behavior modification;
    • diversity training;
    • mind control programs like Monarch and MKUltra;
    • basic training of military recruits, for the development of unit discipline and cohesion;
    • religions that use threats of eternal divine retribution to control the thoughts and behavior of their believers;
    • social engineering; and
    • a miscellany of isms and phobias.

Note:  The old adage, “Sticks and stones can hurt my bones, but words will never hurt me,” is a quaint, easily debunked denial of the effects of emotional violence.

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