May 30, 2020
Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Detective Supervisor Patrick LaGuerre of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Bias Crimes Unit joined a virtual town hall on May 29. Young Adult Sound Off!: Racism & Police Brutality discussion was organized by Morristown-based Calvary Baptist Church, co-facilitated by Pastor Jerry M. Carter Jr., Senior Pastor, and Minister Yasin Cobb.
Thirty attendees joined the heartfelt and emotional discussion, where adults of all ages shared the anger and frustration they are feeling. The evening was an impassioned and genuine conversation between members of the community and law enforcement.
Prosecutor Knapp shared his own experiences growing up Jewish, saying his office is here to listen and understand. Detective Supervisor LaGuerre recounted the training and outreach programs held by the Bias Crimes Unit, including presentations at Morris County middle and high schools to educate students about bullying. When an attendee shared an incident they experienced with a police officer, Detective Supervisor LaGuerre explained how Internal Affairs investigations operate, how to report such incidents and citizen rights during the process.
Prosecutor Knapp said “I thank Pastor Carter and Minister Yasin for inviting us to participate in this important dialogue. Many people expressed their personal feelings brought on by current events and we listened attentively. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office continues to prosecute bias and hate crimes whenever they occur.”
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From left to right: Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp (left), Detective Supervisor Patrick LaGuerre, and Pastor Jerry M. Carter Jr.