Should Newark defund its police department?

Read this op-ed as it originally appeared on June 30, 2020.

By Anibal Ramos Jr.

Over the last few weeks, my City Council office has received numerous calls and emails asking me to “defund the police.”

This call to action is in response to incidents of police brutality, such as the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis and other incidents caught on camera over the past decade where police abuse is apparent. In response, the Minneapolis City Council recently sponsored a resolution dismantling its police department.

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Ramos Statement Commending Forest Hill Community Association for Work on PSE&G Utility Upgrades

North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos Jr. issued the following statement about the Forest Hill Community Association's role in raising community awareness about PSE&G's upgrade of utility lines in the North Ward.

"I want to commend the Forest Hill Community Association for its advocacy on the issue of the installation of taller utility poles in the North Ward. PSE&G has been working to improve power delivery throughout the state by installing taller poles that carry 69kV of electricity.

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Ramos-Ruiz Statement on Protests in Puerto Rico

State Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz and North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos Jr. issued the following statement today on the protests in Puerto Rico.

"On a day where possibly the largest demonstration in the history of Puerto Rico is taking place, we stand in solidarity with those protesting and in support of more than 3 million brothers and sisters living on our island. The resignation of Governor Ricardo A. Rosselló is an important step in the process of restoring confidence between the government of Puerto Rico and its residents.

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