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Hard data, gathered by police themselves, shows that local police in New Jersey are far more likely to use force against African-Americans. Will Gov. Phil Murphy and Attorney General Gurbir Grewal fight hard to end the disparity?

In April of 1998, troopers with the New Jersey State Police fired their guns at a van carrying four young men, all of them unarmed, and all of them African-American or Latino. Three were hit, but by some miracle, none were killed.

That shooting decisively tipped the balance in the long argument over racism in the State Police, their well-documented habit