Even if you’re a law-abiding citizen with a squeaky clean lifestyle, you or someone you know has likely been arrested in New Jersey. Often times people are summoned, mainly for traffic violations or other minor violations, and for some reason they haven’t received the message. You missed a court date you didn’t know about and then you get run over or knocked on the door and “handcuffed and stuffed” in the back of a police car.
It’s happened so many times in New Jersey it’s ridiculous, embarrassing, humiliating, and outrageous. Now the city of Newark has announced that it will not arrest anyone with minor warrants for offenses under $ 500 without domestic violence charges. This is the result of the police shooting of Duante Wright by police earlier this month in Minnesota. So it’s good enough for urban areas like Newark, but not the rest of the state.
In crowded urban areas, more people may be using cell phone cameras to capture what happens next. In suburban New Jersey, what usually happens next is nothing more than a humiliating trip to the police station. What happens in places like Newark is everyone’s guess and it could get ugly. Why shouldn’t the rest of New Jersey’s citizens be accorded the same courtesy that the people of Newark enjoy? Duante Wright was arrested for a registration violation but had a pending arrest warrant on a gun charge.
We spoke to many of our audience on Tuesday who were arrested for not allowing a dog to sell a car that the new owner had not registered, for example. Shouldn’t they have the courtesy not to be sent to jail for something so small? I think we must all move to Newark to be treated equally legally. Yes, it’s not you, this country and this state are spiraling out of control. Please let it stop, we are all getting very dizzy.
The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of talk show host Dennis Malloy of New Jersey 101.5. All opinions expressed are Dennis’ own.
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