(MOORESTOWN) – Congressman Andy Kim, State Senator Troy Singleton, Assemblyman Herb Conaway, Assemblywoman Carol Murphy, Burlington County Commissioner Director Felicia Hopson, Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina, and Mount Laurel Mayor Stephen Steglik today provided an update on the ongoing investigation into the viral video of the Edward Cagney Mathews incident in Mount Laurel.
“First and foremost, we want to thank the community for their involvement and advocacy in shining a bright light on this individual’s menacing interactions within the Mount Laurel community. The video footage that was provided was critical to the Prosecutor’s Office being able to file additional charges of bias intimidation and harassment against Mr. Mathews.
“That being said, we fully understand the community’s frustration and anger as to what was witnessed in that video. We have heard from many residents that the behavior depicted by Mathews was not an isolated incident, but rather a part of a pattern of racial intimidation and hostility. Therefore, the Prosecutor’s Office is announcing that it will launch an independent investigation into any and all incidents involving Mathews in Mount Laurel. Anyone who has information about incidents with Mathews that they would like to share for this investigation can do so by emailing the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office at [email protected] Based upon expressed community concerns, the Prosecutor’s Office will also undertake an investigation into the circumstances of the Mount Laurel Police Department’s handling of the incident to which they were called on Friday night, July 2nd.
“Additionally, we remind the public that if anyone has concerns about the conduct of any police department in Burlington County, you can report incidents of police misconduct to your local police department’s internal affairs office, the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Unit at 609-265-5035, or the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office of Public Integrity and Accountability at 1-844-OPIA-TIP (844-674-2847).”