Monday, November 19, 2012

N.J. Assembly Panel OKs Bill to Curb Police Violence Against People with Disabilities

TRENTON, N.J. -- An Assembly panel Monday advanced legislation that would allow residents with mental or developmental disabilities to voluntarily register with the state Attorney General’s Office in order to prevent violent encounters with police.
The bill (A3403), approved 5-1 with one abstention by the Assembly Human Services Committee, was drafted by Assemblyman Reed Gusciora in response to a Star-Ledger story in June about the 2009 beating of a mentally disabled man by the State Police.
A similar bill is pending in the Senate.

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