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Family of Jamaican man demands answers in fatal New Jersey police shooting

Published:Monday | June 8, 2020 | 5:24 PM
Maurice Gordon and his mother Racquel Barrett - Contributed photo

The family of a black Jamaican man living in New York fatally shot during an encounter with a white New Jersey state trooper is demanding answers after receiving little information about his death.

The New York Post reports that Maurice Gordon, 28, was shot and killed May 23 on the Garden State Parkway in Bass River where he was pulled over by a New Jersey State Police trooper, the New Jersey Attorney’s General Office announced late last month.

But other key details in the police-involved shooting have been limited, an attorney for Gordon told the Burlington County Times after seeing a portion of video of the fatal encounter.

“As an initial matter, when you have family that is grieving, have a son that is killed unexpectedly by a police officer, you want to know the name of the killer, whether [Gordon] died on the side of the road, in [an] ambulance or at the hospital, whether there were first aid efforts,” attorney William Wagstaff III told the newspaper.

“It just doesn’t pass the smell test when you say you’re not releasing that information.”

Gordon was unarmed when he was shot by the trooper several times during the incident.

The trooper handcuffed the Poughkeepsie resident after shooting him, Wagstaff said.

Read more in tomorrow's Gleaner.

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