Poughkeepsie community marches for man killed by NJ state trooper

The Poughkeepsie community came together Monday night to hold a rally and a vigil with the family of Maurice Gordon, a Poughkeepsie man killed by a New Jersey state trooper.

News 12 Staff

Jun 24, 2020, 1:51 AM

Updated 1,399 days ago

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The Poughkeepsie community came together Monday night to hold a rally and a vigil with the family of Maurice Gordon, a Poughkeepsie man killed by a New Jersey state trooper.
Racquel Barrett's only son was killed on May 23. According to the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Gordon had four encounters with troopers that morning while traveling down the Garden State Parkway.
Dash camera footage shows Gordon was assisted for car trouble twice and was pulled over twice for speeding. The second time, he was pulled over by Sgt. Randall Wetzel, who he got into a physical altercation with.
Family attorney, William O. Wagstaff III, said Gordon was shot six times and they still haven't been told where he died.
"We still don't have unredacted versions of the video they released to the public. There's additional dashcam video, audio that we need that they've refused to withdraw… still don't have the autopsy report,” Wagstaff said.
VIDEO: New Jersey State Police shooting involving Maurice Gordon
Gordon's friends and family marched Monday from Mansion Square Park to the local post office, demanding the evidence be released and the officer tried justly.
Early during the morning that Gordon was killed, a friend had called the police saying he was worried about Gordon's mental state after he expressed he had a paranormal event.
Wagstaff says there is no evidence that a mental issue is why Gordon is dead. He says he believes that Gordon was murdered.


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