Reps For Officer Charged In Traffic-Stop Shooting Claim He ‘Should Be Getting An Award’
The Newark police officer who was charged in the fatal shooting of two men in January during a police chase says he did it for the safety of the community.
Representatives for Jovanny Crespo, 26, claim that he “did the right thing” and was protecting the public in Newark.
Former homicide detective, Bo Dietl, spoke to reporters about the incident on Wednesday,
“[You] need to understand what was leading to that night,” he said. “Crespo risked his life and took it upon himself to keep going” after the vehicle and is now, “being treated like a criminal when he put his life on the line. He should be getting an award for his actions.
As we reported, Crespo was charged with manslaughter for the death of Gregory C. Griffin. Bodycam footage of the incident, showed Crespo jumping out of his moving cruiser three times to fire at the vehicle that Griffin occupied with his friend. Griffin was shot in the head and the passenger, Andrew Dixon, 35, was shot in the face, but he survived.
According to PIX 11, Crespo pleaded not guilty and believes he did the right thing and when he was asked why he was the only officer to fire shots. He said “I’m the only officer who approached that vehicle in close proximity… I knew I had to do something.”