The City of Rahway will not appeal a judge’s ruling that body camera video of traffic stops in the case of the mayor’s car crashes must be made available to the public.
A judge ruled body camera video of police response to the mayor’s recent car crashes should be released by the city.
Lawyers for the City of Rahway responded last week to a lawsuit brought by this website seeking release of body and dashboard camera recordings of two car accidents within the last several months involving Mayor Samson Steinman.
In response to an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request for a number of documents related to Mayor Samson Steinman’s two automobile crashes in recent months, the city denied a request for dashboard and body camera footage while providing police reports and other documents.
Reported crime in Rahway dipped about 1.5 percent last year, as nonviolent crime inched up while violent crime dropped by a third. Countywide, reported crime rose about 2 percent, according to figures for 2016.
After three consecutive years dropping, reported incidents of crime in Rahway rose by 7 percent last year after a historically low 2014.
Reported incidents of crime in Rahway plummeted by almost a third last year, one of the largest drops in Union County in a year when most neighboring towns reported double-digit decreases as well.
Rahway’s 14-percent drop in crime last year followed a wider trend throughout the area of declining crime rates, including a 13-percent dip in Union County overall and a 4-percent drop statewide.