October 18, 2023 ONNJ Top Stories

Federal Investigation into Trenton Police
After several reports of Trenton police officers using improper levels of force and illegally stopping and searching pedestrians and drivers, the United States Justice Department opened an investigation. Observation of officers on duty, interviews with the public, and a look into police records and body camera footage are all a part of the review. The investigation is expected to take place over the next year.
New Ferry Service to Begin in South Amboy Oct 30th
A new ferry service from South Amboy to Midtown and Lower Manhattan is scheduled to begin October 30th. Ferries will go to both downtown to Brookfield Place and Midtown-West 39th street. Right now, service will just run on weekdays. Service will mostly run during the morning and evening commute hours.
Rabid Fox That Attacked Several Dogs Believed to be Killed
Three dogs were recently attacked in separate incidents by a coyote and a likely rabid fox in Summit. The dogs were not seriously injured. Wildlife officials estimate there are at least 3,000 coyotes across the state, and they have been spotted in all 21 counties. A fox that appeared to be rabid was killed by police and turned over to animal control for testing. The fox is thought to be the same that was involved in 3 recent attacks.
Jersey City Suing NJ Over Police Cannabis Use
Jersey City filed a federal lawsuit arguing police and their cannabis use. For almost two years, cannabis has been legal, however another law makes it not so for police officers with guns. For a police officer to be permitted to have a firearm, they are not allowed any drugs; marijuana included. There is currently no testing available to know when exactly someone last used cannabis, making it a liability. The lawsuit aims to forbid police officers who carry firearms from using cannabis. “Legalization in New Jersey is a good thing, and I have been a vocal supporter from the start.  However, that stands separate from this issue we are seeking to address, which is the fact that New Jersey’s CREAMMA law directly conflicts with federal law, exposing Jersey City to tens of millions of dollars in potential liability, compromising public safety, and jeopardizing police officers’ careers statewide,” said Mayor Fulop.
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