The Wildwood police say that they will release body camera video of the violent arrest of a woman on the beach and that it will show that the police did what was necessary, Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. said. A video shot by a bystander and posted on social media showed police punching the woman in the head, NJ.com reports. Troiano said the woman assaulted the police officers when she was stopped for underage drinking.
NEWARK MAYOR’S CAMPAIGN TREASURER PLEADS GUILTY TO FRAUD
The campaign treasurer for Newark’s mayor, Ras Baraka, pleaded guilty to fraud charges Tuesday in federal court, the Asbury Park Press writes. The former treasurer, Frederick Murphy, admitted that he embezzled more than $230,000. Murphy is scheduled to be sentenced in September and will remain free until then.
BILL WOULD BAN SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BAGS IN NJ
Assemblyman John McKeon, a Democrat from Essex County, introduced a bill last week to ban single-use plastic bags, NJ Spotlight reports. Another bill in the Assembly, sponsored by Assemblywoman Valerie Huttle, a Democrat from Bergen County, would impose a 5-cent fee on plastic bags. Each year, Americans use 380 billion plastic bags, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
GOTTHEIMER WANTS TO REQUIRE SEAT BELTS ON SCHOOL BUSES
In the wake of the fatal crash of a Paramus school bus, U.S. Rep. John Gottheimer says he will introduce a bill in the U.S. House to make seat belts mandatory on school buses, The Record writes. Federal law requires seat belts only on school buses that weigh 10,000 pounds or less.
PARKLAND SHOOTING SURVIVOR: ‘THIS IS NOT NORMAL’
Carly Novel, who survived the shooting in Parkland, Florida, spoke via Skype to people at a gun-violence forum in Haddon Heights, the Courier Post reports. She urged about 100 people attending the forum not to become complacent. “Lives being lost to gun violence is becoming normal,” Carly Novell said. “I want to remind you guys, this is not normal.”