Rally held outside Paterson City Hall to call for accountability for police officers

The New Jersey Office of the Attorney General announced on Monday that it would be taking over the operation of the Paterson Police Department.

Matt Trapani and Eliecer Marte

Mar 28, 2023, 11:51 AM

Updated 480 days ago

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Residents and community activists in Paterson rallied outside City Hall on Tuesday to demand that the state attorney general holds the officers involved in the deaths of several citizens accountable.
The New Jersey Office of the Attorney General announced on Monday that it would be taking over the operation of the Paterson Police Department.
The group rallied outside City Hall and then came inside to a City Council meeting. Family members who lost loved ones during police encounters spoke up.
“Feb. 2, 2022 – my brother was in custody of Paterson police. In a Code Blue weather, with a broken hand, bleeding from the head…we don’t know nothing about my brother,” says Eric DeJesus.
DeJesus’s brother Felix DeJesus went missing after an encounter with Paterson police officers. His whereabouts are unknown.
Black Lives Matter Paterson is also calling for the police officers involved in the death of Najee Seabrooks to be charged. Seabrooks was shot and killed during a police standoff last month.
“How many more of these deaths are we going to allow in the city?” one activist asked.
Many residents questioned why Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh did not show up for Tuesday’s meeting. Sayegh tells News 12 that Paterson mayors typically do not participate in city council meetings.
Some are calling for the mayor to resign.


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