STATEMENT FROM NORTHEAST REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK REV. STEFFIE BARTLEY ON POLICE RESPONSE TO BRIDGEWATER MALL FIGHT—
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 16, 2022
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STATEMENT FROM NORTHEAST REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK REV. STEFFIE BARTLEY ON POLICE RESPONSE TO BRIDGEWATER MALL FIGHT
New York, NY (February 16, 2022) – Northeast Regional Director of National Action Network Rev. Steffie Bartley, Sr, issued the following statement today in response to the video of police officers breaking up a fight between two teenagers at the Bridgewater Commons Mall in New Jersey. The footage shows officers arresting 14-year-old Z’kye, who is Black. The other teenager involved, who is white, was not arrested.
“I have seen the videos regarding the excessive force incident at the Bridgewater Mall. The video that I have seen is quite disturbing and suggests implicit bias as it relates to the police officers’ response. Why was the young Black man on the ground with handcuffs while the young white man was sitting on the couch as if he were overseeing?
I applaud the Bridgewater Police Department for investigating this matter. I also call upon the AG’s office to investigate this matter to ensure these officers’ actions are not systemic to the Bridgewater Police Department training and standard operating procedures.
We are monitoring this incident very closely.
Rev. Steffie Bartley, Sr.
Northeast Regional Director, National Action Network”
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