Though criminal activity is never excusable, neither is excessive force by the police. Laws are in place to prevent illegal actions by citizens and the authorities must respect the rights of criminals when they are taken into custody. If police officers step too far, they can fatally wound a criminal who does not necessarily pose a threat, bringing wrongful death suits upon themselves and the city they represent.
Nov. 11 marked a sad day for Burlington County residents in terms of traffic fatalities. On that day, an 86-year-old woman was killed in a car accident, and according to New Jersey State Police, her death marks the 43rd motor vehicle fatality in Burlington County this year.