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Jersey Police Officer Paralyzed on Duty Struggles to Cover Bills

Officer Cora Kerton;  Photo: via GoFundMe

Officer Cora Kerton; Photo: via GoFundMe

A New Jersey police officer seriously injured in the line of duty in 2015 is apparently now struggling to pay the bills and get the treatment she needs.

Jersey City police officer Cora Kerton fell during a call for service and suffered a serious, paralyzing injury.

She now is confined to a wheelchair and a GoFundMe page has been set up to help cover her medical expenses. 

Read more about her story HERE.

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NJ Judge Critical of Police Shooting...Even Though Officers Were Under Assault

Judge Martha Royster;  Photo: Michaelangelo Conte

Judge Martha Royster; Photo: Michaelangelo Conte

A New Jersey Superior Court Judge made comments critical of police while presiding over the pre-trial hearing of a man shot by officers in 2014.

Mark Highsmith, 27, was shot by police after he threw a fence post at police officers and subsequently attempted to disarm one of the officers. 

Apparently Hudson County Superior Court Judge Martha Royster felt the officers' use of force was inappropriate given that Highsmith was "unarmed."

"It disturbs me that every time we have misconduct by police officers or inappropriate behavior or rash judgments that the response is that they are acting under pressure," Judge Royster said.

She added, "You are trained. You chose the job when you took it. You are supposed to be learned on how to defuse situations. You are supposed to understand how to deal with the community. You have training on how to deal with unarmed individuals and armed individuals." 

Local police officials, however, disagreed with the judge's comments.

Carmine Disbrow, head of the Jersey City Police Officer's Benevolent Association, said, "Judge Royster's comments seem to offer an undeniable bias against law enforcement, including those who were forced to act in defense of their own lives."

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NJ Cops Take a Break to Play Basketball With Local Youth

A couple of Lakewood, NJ police officers took time out of their patrol shift to play a pick-up game of basketball with a group of Yeshiva students.

The game was caught on film and is generating a great response from the public as it shows a different side of police work - engaging with the community.

"They officers did this out of the goodness of their hearts because they're wonderful people," said Mas Pak, who witnessed and filmed the game.

Check out the video below!

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New Jersey Towns Paint Blue Lines on Streets to Support Local Police But Everyone Isn't Happy About It

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Photo: via philly.com

A number of small towns in New Jersey have taken to painting a blue line down the middle of their roads to show unity with their local law enforcement officials.

Cherry Hill, Haddon Heights, and other towns have pained the lines in recent weeks.

The gesture has been mostly positively received by local residents. Some people, however, have not welcomed the blue lines.

John Burns, head of the New Jersey Black Lives Matter, says that the lines distract from the larger issue of what he and others feel is systemic prejudice within the law enforcement community.

Not everyone agrees that the lines are distracting. Cherry Hill Police Chief William Monaghan said, "That line shouldn't represent one side vs. the other. It should be all-inclusive of the community."

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Atlantic City Police Officer Critically Injured in Shootout

An Atlantic City, NJ police officer was seriously wounded in a shootout in front of a casino early Saturday morning. 

The incident occurred after officers made a vehicle stop on three individuals and one of the occupants opened fire. Two additional suspects fled the scene and are currently being sought. 

One of the suspects was shot and killed on scene.

The injured officer was out of surgery; however, he was still listed in critical condition.

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5-Year Old Uses Allowance to Buy Local Cops Lunch

Photo: Jessica Griffin via philly.com

Photo: Jessica Griffin via philly.com

A 5-year old New Jersey boy used his allowance to buy lunch for local police officers to show his appreciation for keeping his community safe.

William Evertz, Jr. began saving his allowance months ago, at first to buy a Power Wheels police car.

Instead, he decided to use the money to buy lunch for more than a dozen officers from the Winslow Police Department.

Of young William's act of kindness, veteran police Detective Sgt. Ray Cogan said, "It's one of those things that restores confidence in humanity. It makes you tear up. It's nice to see that you're still the good guy."

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Dozens of Cops Surprise New Jersey Boy Battling Cancer

Photo: via Facebook

Photo: via Facebook

A 5-year old New Jersey boy, suffering from a difficult fight against cancer, was treated to a number of special guests recently as police officers from multiple precincts came by his house to spend time with him.

R.J. Sy, 5, who has been fighting a two-year struggle with Stage-4 Neuroblastoma, is a big fan of police. When word of that got out, dozens of local officers came by his house to show their support for him and his family.

R.J.'s family was grateful for the gesture and the moment had an impact on the officers involved as well.

“It really feels good to know you’re helping them cope with what’s going on, because they’re going through a lot," said Bergenfield Police Officer Daynel Ozorio.

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Man Who Falsely Accused Officers of Sexual Assault Given Stiff Sentence

Marcus Reddick;  Photo: Salem County Correctional Facility

Marcus Reddick; Photo: Salem County Correctional Facility

A New Jersey man who falsely claimed that police officers sexually assaulted him following his arrest for possession of cocaine was given a stiff sentence this past week.

Judge Benjamin Telsey sentenced Marcus Reddick, 29 to four years in state prison on three charges of false swearing in addition to six years for possession of cocaine.

The incident unfolded in January, 2015, after Reddick was arrested and transported to the Penns Grove police station. After a search revealed cocaine hidden on his person, Reddick accused officers of sexually assaulting him.

Video and audio recordings from within the police station flatly refuted his claims.

Judge Telsey strongly condemned Reddick's actions, stating at the sentencing hearing, "The particular circumstances of this case is what the court finds to be particularly egregious."

The judge continued, "I am not here to speak on behalf of society as a whole, but we are in a different time where police officers are under extra scrutiny for their actions. In this particular case Mr. Reddick took advantage of the officers...and attempted to benefit..."

Prior to his sentencing, Reddick said to the court, "I would like the court to show a little leniency...I know I have made bad choices."

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First-Grader Recovering From Brain Tumor Sworn In As Honorary Police Officer

Darien Hoefling;  Photo: ABC News via yahoo.com

Darien Hoefling; Photo: ABC News via yahoo.com

7-year old Darien Hoefling was sworn in on Thursday as an honorary member of the Mount Holly Township Police Department in New Jersey. Darien is recovering from two surgeries after being diagnosed with a brain tumor last year.

While recovering, Darien made keychains for police officers at the local department to show his support for the profession. His kindness and support in light of his own difficult recovery did not go unnoticed by the local department.

Officer Debbie Brewer told a local media outlet, "When he came to the police station to give us these key chains, I was just in awe; like he's unbelievable. Once I met him, I knew why everybody loved him so much."

To show their appreciation, the Mount Holly PD swore Darien in as an honorary officer. He told local WPVI, "I had fun with all the police officers," and that he looks forward to helping protect the citizens of Mount Holly.

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BREAKING NEWS: Off-Duty NJ Officer Found Shot to Death in Personal Vehicle

A Sayreville, NJ police officer was found shot to death in his personal vehicle early Monday behind an abandoned movie theater complex.

It has been reported that he was off-duty but there are conflicting reports that the officer may have been investigating suspicious activity at the time of the shooting.

Reports suggest that the officer was a 9-year veteran and had worked in an undercover capacity. The officer's identity has not yet been released.

More details to come.

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