Attorney General, Bridgewater Mayor At Odds Over Mall Investigation

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin released an update on Friday on the investigation into the Bridgewater Police’s handling of a viral Bridgewater Commons mall fight between a light-skinned teen and a Black teen in February 2022.

The AG’s update was released after Patch was first to report on the completion of the investigation this past Wednesday. Read More: Mall Video Investigation Ends Without Charges For Bridgewater Cops

Platkin said the Office of Public Integrity and Accountability (OPIA) with the Attorney General completed its investigation in September 2022 and sent a comprehensive Internal Affairs Report and Findings to the Acting Chief John Mitzak of the Bridgewater Township Police Department. Mitzak is now currently the Chief of Police in Bridgewater.

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“Since that time, the matter has been proceeding in the local administrative process over which this Office has no control,” said Plaktin.

According to the AG’s Internal Affairs Policies and Procedures the office normally waits to release these reports to the public “to provide a reasonable opportunity for the local administrative process to run its course.”

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‘Inordinate Length Of Time’

“However, that process has taken an inordinate length of time and further delay only frustrates and frays the fragile trust between the public and the law enforcement community. If the local administrative process is not concluded promptly, the Attorney General will reassess whether the Report and Findings should be released prior to the conclusion of the administrative proceedings that have been ongoing for more than four months,” said Platkin.

Bridgewater Mayor Matthew Moench issued a statement in response to AG:

“When we attempted repeatedly to engage with the Attorney General’s office throughout the spring, summer,

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