TRENTON, N.J., April 23 (UPI) -- Officials say that New Jersey state troopers have made great strides since the shooting of three young men 10 years ago set off a racial profiling scandal.
On April 23, 1998, troopers fired into a van they had pulled over on the New Jersey Turnpike in Cranbury, N.J. Three of the four men, who were unarmed and were on their way to a basketball camp in North Carolina, were wounded.
The Rev. Reginald Jackson, who was head of the Black Ministers Council of New Jersey at the time, told The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., that much has been done. New Jersey became the first state to make racial profiling by police illegal.
"In fact, I think we've seen an increase in the confidence and the relationship between
minorities and the State Police," Jackson said.
On Monday, state Attorney General Anne Milgram told legislators she expects federal monitoring of the state police to end this summer.