On Monday, June 3, 2024, Insider NJ reported that New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association President Peter Andreyev strongly condemned remarks made by Superior Court Judge Michael L. Ravin during the sentencing of former Newark police officer Jovanny Crespo.

Crespo received consecutive prison sentences totaling 27 years for shooting two men during a January 2019 car chase in Newark’s Central Ward that left one suspect dead and the other wounded. During the sentencing, Judge Ravin criticized what he described as a perceived “shoot first, ask questions later” mentality within law enforcement.

In a statement, PBA President Andreyev said he believes there is a way for Judge Ravin to carry out his duties without “headline-grabbing statements” that broadly criticize all law enforcement officers. Andreyev noted the intense public criticism of police already makes their job more dangerous, and comments like Judge Ravin’s when issuing sentences only add to those challenges.

Andreyev argued that judges are meant to maintain respect from the public. However, using their influence to characterize every man and woman in law enforcement with the same broad brush is a misuse of that responsibility, in his view. Each case and individual, Andreyev suggested, should be clearly adjudicated separately rather than ascribing one mentality to all those in law enforcement.

The PBA president also found it “hypocritical” that Judge Ravin would make sweeping generalizations about law enforcement, as police currently work to actively protect him daily in his courtroom. Andreyev said Ravin’s remarks potentially raise questions about his ability to be impartial.

In strong terms, Andreyev declared Ravin’s comments to be “reckless, irresponsible, and completely unacceptable.” He expressed hope the judge will recognize the great impact his words carry with the public going forward and avoid such characterizations.



Source: Insider NJ