AC mayor's ban on policing casino garages voided

Atlantic County prosecutor Theodore Housel says Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford has no legal authority to prevent police commanders from assigning patrols as they see

ATLANTIC CITY - Atlantic County prosecutor Theodore Housel says Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford has no legal authority to prevent police commanders from assigning patrols as they see fit.

Langford's order barring police patrols in casino garages was overruled yesterday.

The patrols began after a man was killed and a woman wounded in a carjacking and robbery at the Trump Taj Mahal parking garage on Sept. 18. It was the second deadly carjacking at the garage in 16 months.

The mayor said in his order that the city government's responsibility is to its residents, "first and foremost."

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