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Unarmed Motorist of Jamaican Descent Shot To Death By NJ State Trooper

(NY Daily News) The unarmed 28-year-old Poughkeepsie, N.Y. man of Jamaican descent was killed under murky circumstances after being stopped for speeding on May 23 in south Jersey on the Garden State Parkway.

Two weeks after Maurice Gordon was killed by a New Jersey state trooper, relatives are still demanding answers about what happened and why. (Handout)Racquel Barrett choked back tears Sunday as she heard again how her 28-year-old son died.Maurice Gordon was allegedly shot at least four times by a white New Jersey State Police trooper after what should have been a routine traffic stop on the Garden State Parkway on May 23.A family lawyer alleges that as Gordon lay bleeding on the pavement, troopers handcuffed him before trying to get help for him.Two weeks later, authorities have still not released the name of the trooper involved in the fatal arrest.Barrett told the Daily News she cannot get over the emptiness of losing her son and never being able to say goodbye.

“As a mum, it’s so painful reliving the moment over and over and over again,” Barrett said. “I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.”

Barrett believes her son was killed because he is black, just like George Floyd, who died at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer two days after Gordon.

“He’s a black man and George Floyd was a black man. And they were both killed by police officers here in America,” said Barrett, 42, who is of Jamaican descent and lives in London’s Notting Hill neighborhood. “So to me, it’s the same thing and part of the same situation that we are facing as black people.”

Gov. Phil Murphy, who has been outspoken about the police killing of Floyd, has refused to comment on Gordon’s killing, saying only that New Jersey “mourns his loss.”

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has refused to offer any explanation for the shooting.

But an official document released by his office claimed that Gordon tried to grab the unnamed trooper’s gun and tried to steal his state police vehicle, the Daily News has learned.

“Attempted to take handgun. Attempted to take troop car,” reads the document known as a 3B form that must be filed after any police-involved shooting in New Jersey. It was obtained exclusively by the Daily News on Sunday.

The document is supposed to include the name of the police officer or state trooper involved, but that information was mysteriously omitted in the Gordon case.

“They are playing games,” said Rich Rivera, a lawyer who filed a request for the 3B related to Gordon’s killing. “They are not being transparent.”

Gordon was pulled over for speeding on the Garden State Parkway in Bass River Township around 6:30 a.m., police said in a cursory five-paragraph press release. Wagstaff says a trooper said Gordon was clocked going 110 miles per hour.

After the traffic stop, the unidentified trooper ordered Gordon to move his car, but it wouldn’t start. So Gordon asked the trooper if he could wait in the squad car until a tow truck arrived.

Racquel Barrett choked back tears Sunday as she heard again how her 28-year-old son died.

Maurice Gordon was allegedly shot at least four times by a white New Jersey State Police trooper after what should have been a routine traffic stop on the Garden State Parkway on May 23.

A family lawyer alleges that as Gordon lay bleeding on the pavement, troopers handcuffed him before trying to get help for him.

Two weeks later, authorities have still not released the name of the trooper involved in the fatal arrest.

Barrett told the Daily News she cannot get over the emptiness of losing her son and never being able to say goodbye.

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