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The new year’s day police killing of Black, 39-year-old Carl Dorsey III has many outraged and State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal is investigating.

Reports indicate Dorsey was killed by police shortly after midnight on Jan. 1 near Woodland Ave. and South 11th Street in Newark. Officers on patrol responded to the area. During the incident, 18-year police veteran Detective Rod Simpkins fired his 9mm service weapon, striking Dorsey.

Officers provided medical aid to Dorsey and he was transported by emergency medical personnel to University Hospital in Newark, where he died. Newark Police say that two firearms were recovered from the scene and at least one arrest was made.

Witnesses say Dorsey had his hands up and was backing away from the officer when he was shot. They also say he complied with the officer’s orders. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said the officer is off the streets as the investigation moves forward and is asking for the public’s help with the case. Police say Dorsey ran from the scene when they arrived.

The investigation is being conducted pursuant to a law enacted in 2019, which requires that the State Attorney General’s Office conduct to investigate deaths that occur during an encounter with a law enforcement officer.

“The Attorney General’s office is leading an investigation and the officer is on administrative leave while the investigation is underway,” Baraka said. “If anyone has any information or videos of what happened, please come forward and contact the Attorney General’s office.”

Grewal’s office reported last Friday there was no bodycam on dashcam footage of Dorsey’s shooting death, however, video by witnesses do exist but have not yet been released.

Last Wednesday, the Newark Anti Violence Coalition (NAVC) held a vigil and rally at the scene where Dorsey was killed. The rally ended with a march down Springfield Avenue. Another rally was held on Monday by the People’s Organization for Progress (P.O.P.) led by activist Larry Hamm.

“Other people are gonna say ‘Well, we’re going to make an impartial investigation,’” Lawrence Hamm, chair of the People’s Organization for Progress, said in one published report. “Y’know what the end of that impartial investigation is gonna be? No police are gonna go to jail because there are two systems of justice in this country: one system of justice for us and there’s another system of justice for the police.”