Tracey Syphax speaks out about civilian review boards following Najee Seabrooks’ killing


March 23, 2023

“New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has heralded Arrive Together, a pilot program in some jurisdictions that pairs mental health professionals with cops, as a progressive step towards better outcomes during crisis calls. In February, the second-term Democrat announced that his budget proposal included funding to expand the program.

[Leading with Conviction 2019 graduate] Tracey Syphax, an advocate with Salvation and Social Justice, questioned whether police should be involved altogether.

“‘I don’t think we need to ride with the police,’ Syphax said during a community discussion about [Najee] Seabrooks’ death.

“‘I believe we need to have a response made up of formerly impacted individuals, those that are from the communities of Paterson. Let us be the response.’”

Syphax says lawmakers must highlight the voices of systems-impacted people in response to police shootings.