Following the recent violent killings of a Newark girl and a Jersey City police officer, Senators Anthony Bucco and Robert Singer yesterday called for reinstatement of the death penalty in New Jersey for those who murder a child, kill a police officer in the line of duty or commit a terrorist attack that results in fatalities.
Police have said Cheyanne Bond, a 17-year-old honor student was forced to kneel by her killers and shot execution style in the back of the head. Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Santiago was shot in the head while responding to a report of an armed robbery at a Walgreens.
“Cheyanne was a bright teen headed to Union County College to study nursing and Officer Santiago was a hero serving his community,” said Bucco (R-Morris). “Their deaths were the act of cowardice and pure evil. Justice demands the death penalty be restored for those heinous enough to kill a child or police officer in cold blood.”
Under legislation sponsored by Senators Bucco and Singer a defendant could face the death penalty if convicted of murdering a police officer, a child age 17 and under or for an act of terrorism resulting in a death. Singer first introduced the legislation in 2011. (See exclusive TLS video below)
“I understand full well that the death penalty won’t bring back a slain police officer, a murdered child or a victim of terrorism,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “However, for certain crimes a life in prison is not justice. Our courts should have the ability to consider the death penalty for the most reprehensible of offenders.” [TLS]