NJ attorney general, Bridgewater mayor trade barbs over probe of cops’ mall fight response

State Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin has expressed frustration that Bridgewater Township has taken an “an inordinate length of time” to review and release a report into the police response to an altercation between two juveniles at the Bridgewater Commons mall” class=”link “police response to an altercation between two juveniles at the Bridgewater Commons mall one year ago which drew a global response after a video went viral.

Platkin, in a statement Friday, said that any further delay in releasing the report “frays the fragile trust between the public and the law enforcement community.”

If the report is not released “promptly,” the statement said, Platkin will review whether his office’s report and findings on the incident should be released before the Bridgewater Police Department finishes its review that has been ongoing for four months.

“I am committed to strengthening the trust the public has in the brave officers who serve in law enforcement. To do so we must have increased transparency and accountability in policing, and we are making great strides in that effort,” Platkin said in the statement.

In a statement a short time later, Bridgewater Mayor Matt Moench said he found Platkin’s statement “quite perplexing” and said the township had been “stonewalled” by the Attorney General’s Office.”When we attempted repeatedly to engage with the Attorney General’s office throughout the spring, summer, and fall of last year, we were essentially stonewalled,” Moench said in his statement. “If, as the Attorney General claims, there has been a delay that ‘frustrates and frays the fragile trust between the public and the law enforcement community’ then the responsibility of that delay rests squarely in Trenton, not here in Bridgewater.”

Moench placed blame for the delay on the Attorney General’s Office.

“We can only speculate as to why this matter was delayed

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