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Statement By Acting Prosecutor Stephens Regarding the Police Shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Supports the Prosecution of the Officers in the George Floyd Case

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office joins all who mourn the death of Mr. George Floyd and supports the prosecution of those law enforcement officers who were complicit with his death. ECPO also supports the right all who choose to engage in peaceful protest with a goal of seeking justice for all.

Please click this link to be directed to the official response of the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey

COVID CRISIS, IMPORTANT GENERAL INFORMATION: The Essex County Prosecutors Office is currently open and will remain open to handle critical law enforcement and victim service matters. The Office is temporarily operating with a reduced staff, such that many non-critical matters will be delayed because of the COVID pandemic.

At this time, the Prosecutor’s Office will not be able to handle “walk-ins” at our offices, i.e. people who are involved with a law enforcement case or with a victim service matter who wish to speak to an Assistant Prosecutor, Detective or Victim Service specialist. Also, we are unable to service walk-in requests to view criminal case files or handle other administrative matters.

We are open for people who have made a confirmed appointment with an Assistant Prosecutor or Detective or Victim Service specialist. Please telephone or e-mail the ECPO contact person that you have been working with to request and schedule such an appointment. If you have a police emergency, please contact your local police department for assistance.

During any such meeting, ECPO will follow all necessary procedures to comply with social distancing and personal safety rules relative to the COVID disease. If you have any suspected symptoms such as a fever or a cough or congestion, please seek medical help and do not come to our Office.

We thank the citizens of Essex County for their cooperation in this time of crisis. We are doing everything we can to continue fulfilling our mission to seek justice and fully enforce the criminal laws of the State of New Jersey, while assisting all victims of criminal transgressions. At the same time, we will follow all directives from the United States Federal Government, the State of New Jersey, and the County of Essex regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. We are taking all necessary measures to protect the health and well-being of our dedicated staff.

We thank the Citizens of Essex County for their cooperation in this matter.

Theodore N. Stephens II
Acting Essex County Prosecutor

Link to Acting Prosecutor Stephens’ letter to the Interfaith Clergy Community

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Thank you for visiting the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office web site. Our system of Constitutional government requires the consent and participation of the public in the execution of the law. I hope that this site will afford an additional opportunity for effective interaction between the citizens of Essex County and the officers and prosecutors who serve them.

Theodore N. Stephens II, Acting Essex County Prosecutor
Romesh C. Sukhdeo, Acting First Assistant Prosecutor
Mitchell G. McGuire III, Acting Chief of Detectives
Thomas S. Fennelly, Chief Assistant Prosecutor
Roger J. Imhof, Chief Assistant Prosecutor
Gwendolyn J. Williams, Executive Asst. Prosecutor
Toni Ann Mattia, Actg. Deputy Chief of Detectives
Jose Ramirez, Acting Deputy Chief of Detectives

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