Morris County Prosecutor and Detective Supervisor Join Virtual Teen “Table Talk” Event

June 26, 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 teen “table talk” on June 26, 2020. The Coping with Racism & Police Brutality discussion, organized by Morristown-based Calvary Baptist Church, was co-facilitated by Pastor Jerry M. Carter Jr., Ph.D, Senior Pastor, and Minister Sean Lewis.

Youth attendees were registered for the event by their parents. Overall, the virtual event drew 23 attendees of all ages.

Members of the community engaged in a candid and honest dialogue, some sharing the distrust and fear they are feeling towards law enforcement.

Prosecutor Knapp and Detective Supervisor LaGuerre reinforced that the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office members are available to listen and strive to establish a rapport with all Morris County residents.

Detective Supervisor LaGuerre explained police officers enter into potentially dangerous situations every day, and that unfortunately, they can encounter people with negative preconceived notions about police.

During the conversation, Prosecutor Knapp shared his own experiences growing up in Irvington, being introduced to law enforcement because his friends had fathers who were police officers.

Prosecutor Knapp and Detective Supervisor LaGuerre encouraged young people to reach out to their local police departments to get to know each other as neighbors.

Morris County law enforcement aims to build trust and connection with its younger citizens through programs such as “Safe Stop,” which educate students on best practices for interactions with police and during traffic stops. Detective Supervisor LaGuerre also hosts bias and bullying awareness presentations at Morris County schools, saying at the end of every presentation, there are students who reach out to him for guidance.

Having served in Internal Affairs, Detective Supervisor LaGuerre explained that every citizen complaint against an officer is investigated. Officers found to have committed serious offenses do not return to duty

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.

Prosecutor Knapp said “We are extremely fortunate to have been given this opportunity to listen to the concerns of our youth in this forum sponsored by the Cavalry Baptist Church. At this time of great unrest, we need to hear each other’s concerns, come together and improve upon relations between the community and law enforcement. This evening’s program was an outstanding step in the right direction.”

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at [email protected].

 

 

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Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Joins NJSBA Webcast on Virtual Court Proceedings During COVID-19

June 26, 2020

 

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Assistant Prosecutor Reema Sethi Kareer, under the direction of Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, joined a live webcast on June 26, 2020 on how remote and virtual criminal court proceedings are conducted during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The June 26, 2020 webcast was hosted by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, a division of the New Jersey State Bar Association.

Joining Assistant Prosecutor Reema Sethi Kareer on the panel were the Hon. Sohail Mohammed JSC, of Passaic County Superior Court, Criminal Part; Assistant Essex County Prosecutor Benjamin Forrest; Chair of the NJSBA Criminal Law Section, Brandon D. Minde; and Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Robert G. Stahl.

Through mock proceedings, panelists demonstrated how remote and virtual criminal court was being conducted at various stages, such as CJP court/detention hearings, discovery conferences, plea hearings, oral arguments, expert testimony, bench and jury trials and sentencings. They offered advice for how to transition to a seamless virtual court experience.

Prosecutor Knapp said, “We are very fortunate to have the technology to conduct thousands of virtual court proceedings throughout New Jersey.  Assistant Prosecutor Kareer has become a leader of the New Jersey Bar Association, of whom we are very proud.”

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at [email protected] or by phone at 973-829-8159.

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Joins NJSBA Webcast on Virtual Court Proceedings During COVID-19

Assistant Prosecutor Reema Sethi Kareer

Man Charged in Connection with April 25, 2020 Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash in Jefferson Township

June 24, 2020

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker, and Jefferson Township Police Chief Sean Conrad announce that Matthew Pulis, age 21, of Oak Ridge, New Jersey, has been charged in connection with a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred in Jefferson Township on April 25, 2020.

It is alleged that Pulis was the driver of a motor vehicle involved in a single-vehicle motor vehicle crash that occurred in the area of mile marker 3 on Berkshire Valley Road in Jefferson Township.  Police responded to the area at approximately 7:45 a.m.  A 21-year-old male passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.  At this time, the identity of this individual will not be released.

Pulis has been charged by summons-complaint with one (1) count of third degree Strict Liability Vehicular Homicide.  He is scheduled for a court appearance on July 29, 2020.

Members of the Jefferson Township Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit contributed to this investigation.

The complaint against Pulis is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, this defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he is proven guilty beyond a reasonable double in a court of law.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.