Institute and Partners Respond to Release of Maurice Gordon Video

Gordon Was Fatally Shot by NJ State Trooper on May 23


NEWARK – The New Jersey Attorney General’s office Monday released video related to the shooting death on May 23 of 28-year old Maurice Gordon by Sgt. Randall Wetzel on the side of the Garden State Parkway.

The video was released after advocacy from concerned citizens throughout New Jersey.

The following can be attributed to Ryan P. Haygood, President & CEO of the NJ Institute for Social Justice; Richard T. Smith, President, NAACP New Jersey State Conference; and Rev. Dr. Charles F. Boyer, Executive Director, Salvation and Social Justice:

“As we once again confront a tragic death of an unarmed Black man by police, this time here in New Jersey two days before the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, we are guided by the need for transparency, fairness and justice.