Unsolved crime insults victims & families


When Sunday marks one year since two gunmen shot and killed Jamal “Mally” Gaines, 21-year-old entrepreneur who ran a Rahway sneaker store, Democrat Lisa McCormick wants citizens to know that authorities typically fail to solve crime.

Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park released video clips from surveillance cameras that recorded the shooting suspects in an attempt to identify the killers, but McCormick says statistics from the State Police Uniform Crime Reports cast a gloomy outlook for any resident seeking justice.

“The vast majority of crimes reported to police are not solved in New Jersey, representing another aspect of our fundamentally dysfunctional government,” said McCormick. “Only about half of the murders reported in this state are cleared with an arrest, and upwards of 75 percent of all reported crimes escape justice.”

McCormick said she is running for governor in the Democratic primary election because voters need a candidate who is not part of the establishment that ignores problems and the leading contenders do no care about people.

“Wall Street billionaire Phil Murphy wants to destroy democracy, so he is not going to solve crime because it is an issue far away from his sphere of concern, which is all about greed for money and power,” said McCormick. “Political insiders like John Wisniewski have had decades to address this problem but it only gets worse.”

McCormick said annual statistics released by the State Police show the vast majority of crimes go unsolved. The solution, she says, is a revolutionary restructuring of law enforcement in New Jersey.

“We need to stop wasting time on the ineffective ‘war against drugs’ so we can redeploy police where they can do the most good,” said McCormick. “We cannot accept or ignore the fundamental injustice of unsolved crime. We spend billions of dollars on law enforcement but grieving families and innocent victims are not getting the justice that will help restore their shattered lives.”

“When we remember Jamal ‘Mally’ Gaines, and other crime victims, we should demand that police and politicians do a better job to insure justice because nobody is going to be safe tomorrow if those who endangered us yesterday and last year escape,” said McCormick.

McCormick said anyone with information about the Rahway shooting should contact Homicide Task Force Sgt. Michael Manochio at 908-966-2287 or Union County Crime Stoppers, which has posted a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.

Crime Stoppers tips can be given anonymously by phone at 908-654-TIPS (8477), via SMS message by texting “UCTIP” plus a message to 274637 (CRIMES), or online at www.uctip.org.

“Our hope is to ensure closure for families who seek justice for their loved ones as well as to end the unnecessary bloodshed in our streets,” said McCormick. “I’m fighting to get officials hired in law enforcement to actually do their jobs. I don’t want any family to go through what these many victims and their loved ones have been through.”

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