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New Jersey AG Will Leave DeFarra Gaymon’s Cop Shooting to the Local Prosecutor

Despite the ACLU’s request, New Jersey’s State Attorney General Paula Dow won’t take over the investigation into the Newark cop park shooting of Atlanta businessman DeFarra Gaymon, saying there is “no indication of a conflict with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office handling this case fairly and impartially.” Guess who’s not happy? The ACLU!

Says the organization’s New Jersey executive director Deborah Jacobs: “Every law enforcement official knows it’s essential to have an external review when the public fears a coverup,” she said. “Whether the corruption is a perception or a reality, an external review is the way to address it.”

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  • ewe

    NJ Attorney Generals office files is stuffed with unanswered letters and requests.

  • Black Pegasus

    Is anyone surprised by the AG’s decision?

    Just another negro dead by the hands of pig cops..
    Yep, business as usual eh?

  • condenasty

    As I said in a previous post, I am anxious to see if his very religious family is really going to push that hard for fear of details that may come out. I cannot imagine them dealing well with a lengthy legal case that may reveal manhunt and craigslist activity…we shall see.

  • ewe

    @condenasty: so true what you say. And what a horrible tragedy it is for any family to justify being killed for being horny.

  • Nunya Bizness


    I agree totally… and when I first read this story — I immediately thought of his family, and my own (if I had fallen victim to a similar act/incident).

    My family is also a stalwart group of African American conservatives (talk about competing priorities?!!). And I can – with 100% confidence – assume that they value quiet dignity and familial reputation over justice. In fact, that maintenance of dignity is often seen as more contributory to the “greater good” than the noisy scandal associated with making a public move for legal justice.

    Whether I had made the decision to get married and project the image of a straight family man; or even if I came out and live the life of an educated, stable, power-gay — my family would have found the whole “screwing in a public park” event to be quite seedy and beneath acknowledgement. They’d privately (and, most likely, individually) attempt to come to terms with my death; while also struggling with their own judgement of my actions. The general perception would be that I laid the foundation for such an ugly event by engaging in less-than-honorable sexual activity (the whole “lay with dogs, wake up with fleas” routine; coupled with “couldn’t he have met a nice guy at work or at a bar?”).

    Trust me… it will be stretch for them to understand that, if they let the legal course of events transpire without input (or protest, if necessary) — the “greater good” now suffers disservice. No one, outside of their family and immediate community, cares about their quiet dignity — but is now afraid that, just based on perception (because we don’t know all of the facts) this can lead to further instances of wrongful death of gays & minorities at the hands of police (without investigation).

    Right now… it’s probably difficult to reconcile; much less gaining the courage to weather more reputational impact by jumping into the pool of drama that will come along with pushing for pursuit of an investigation.

    Sadly — I sit on the fence with my opinion. I see the greater need to push for clarity… but I also see his family’s precarious position; and — honestly — part of me judges the victim through that same ugly, conservative lens of “why would a person in a position of corporate leadership – and with a family – be so selfish and sloppy as to risk it all for a quick diddle in a public park? That’s seriously cruisin’ for a bruisin’!”

    I realize I have no right to judge, however. And that no one should be KILLED for an action that had no forcible bearing on anyone else’s life. However, it’s still hard to put down “the lens” — and I’m assuming that’s doubly hard for his family.

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