STATEMENT BY COMMISSIONER DIRECTOR SHANEL Y. ROBINSON ON THE RECENT ALTERCATION AT THE BRIDGEWATER MALL
Video Statement Available at https://youtu.be/
SOMERVILLE, NJ – “As the first African American to serve as the Commissioner Director of Somerset County, I am heartbroken by the video that shows an African American teenager being handcuffed by police while the other teenager in the altercation is being treated as the victim.
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“I spoke with Governor Murphy and Attorney General Platkin today, and we all agree that the video of the incident at the Bridgewater Mall is upsetting and that there must be a full investigation to uncover all the facts and deliver accountability.
“As a mother and grandmother, watching incidents like this over the past few years has been particularly difficult. Having this happen in my own community where I raised my family makes it even worse, and my heart goes out to the young people who were involved, and to everyone who has been disturbed by this video.
“To ensure transparency, the Bridgewater Police have asked the Somerset County Prosecutor to handle the internal affairs investigation, and I have full confidence in their ability to find the answers and bring them to the public.
“I have reached out to both families to discuss the incident, and I am hoping to meet with them in the coming days.
“I will also be reaching out to Bridgewater Mayor Moench to discuss how we can work together to restore the trust between law enforcement and the people they serve.
“We as a community are being challenged, but I am convinced that we will rise to the challenge together.“
Somerset County Commissioner Director Shanel Y. Robinson
February 16, 2022