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ACTING ESSEX COUNTY PROSECUTOR THEODORE N. STEPHENS II JOINS WITH THE COUNTY PROSECUTORS ASSOCIATION OF NEW JERSEY IN REFLECTING ON THE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE MURDER OF GEORGE FLOYD:

Statement from the County Prosecutors Association of N.J. on the One Year Anniversary of the Murder of George Floyd: As we solemnly mark this one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, we send our deepest respects and continued prayers to the family and loved ones living with this tragic loss. The past year has been a time of reckoning for our nation marked by calls for justice and for change. We have heard those calls and pledge our ongoing support and work toward criminal justice reform that delivers a stronger, fairer, more just system. While we have seen progress and change over the past year, we know that this is just the beginning, and much more must be done to ensure social justice and equal treatment for everybody by law enforcement.

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

STATEMENT FROM ACTING PROSECUTOR STEPHENS ON CHAUVIN VERDICT:

On April 20, 2021, the jury delivered justice not only for the family and loved ones of George Floyd, but for the millions of Americans of color who for decades have experienced a different reality of uneven treatment by law enforcement. What we witnessed in Minneapolis last May was not policing but was murder and an absolute abdication of the values of protecting and serving. With this verdict, our country can begin the long and complex process of healing, which we know will also involve continued dialogue between communities and law enforcement, as well as ongoing police reform, increased transparency, and accountability. We thank the Jury for their service.

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 continues to temporarily operate with a reduced staff, such that many non-critical matters were delayed somewhat because of the COVID pandemic. However, as COVID vaccination proceeds and case rates in New Jersey and Essex County fall, we anticipate gradual restoration of staffing and operations through the Summer of 2021.

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 regarding COVID pandemic

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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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