Lawmaker Renews Call For Death Penalty For Cop Killers

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. July 15, 2014

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Assemblyman Ron Dancer
Assemblyman Ron Dancer (photo by Phil Gregory

The fatal shooting of a Jersey City police officer is prompting a New Jersey lawmaker to renew his call for restoring the death penalty for cop killers.

Assemblyman Ron Dancer says the ambush killing of officer Melvin Santiago shows why the legislature should act.

“These criminals can have life in prison with health care, with three meals a day, with all the activities recreational and social. I just think there needs to be a deterrent, and that deterrent is the death penalty.”

New Jersey abolished the death penalty in 2007.

Dancer’s bill would also restore capital punishment for the murder of a child and murders committed by terrorists.

Similar legislation has been proposed for the last three years but has failed to advance through the legislature.


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