RED BANK: CRIME RATE DROPPED IN 2019

red bank darren mcconnellFor the sixth straight year, no Red Bank police officer was found to have used unwarranted force in 2019, said Chief Darren McConnell. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

red bank policeRed Bank’s crime rate saw a sharp drop in 2019, police Chief Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen.

In addition, incidents in which officers used some degree of force in dealing with the public were at an “all-time low,” and none were found unwarranted, he said.

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RED BANK: CHIEF ADDRESSES USE OF FORCE

red bank nj policeRed Bank’s police chief hasn’t seen a single case of unwarranted force during an arrest in five years, he tells redbankgreen. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njRed Bank’s police chief says he reviews every report of force used by members of his department during arrests, and hasn’t found any in the past five years that appear improper.

Chief Darren McConnell’s observation followed the release by NJ Advance Media last week of data on every arrest in which police used force in New Jersey over four years.

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DRIVER PEPPER-SPRAYED IN ROAD DISPUTE

A Middletown man spent some time in the emergency room at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank Monday after getting pepper-sprayed in a road rage incident, borough police said.

Michaelangelo D’Amico , 21, is believed to have tailgated Pamela Antonucci-Pizzi, 36, after she cut him off in traffic while both were traveling southbound on Route 35 in Middletown around 11:30 a.m., said Red Bank police Captain Darren McConnell, the department spokesman.

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PAIR ARRESTED IN PEPPER-SPRAY ATTACK

call-in-the-authoritiesA Red Bank woman and an Asbury Park man were arrested following an assault of a borough man over money, Red Bank police report.

The incident occurred Monday morning in a parking lot at the Montgomery Terrace apartments on the West Side, according to a statement issued by department spokesman Captain Darren McConnell.

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