New Jersey police officers’ union says investigation into deaths of two officers was ‘a sham’

NEW JERSEY, N.J. — The New Jersey Police Benevolent Association on Tuesday accused the New York Police Department of a cover-up of the deaths of three New Jersey officers who were killed in a botched robbery last year.

A wrongful death investigation into the officers’ deaths was conducted by a task force appointed by New Jersey Gov.

Chris Christie, who also is under fire from his own state’s Attorney General for not appointing a special prosecutor to investigate the deaths.

State Attorney General Kim Foxx announced Tuesday that she was appointing a separate task force, led by her husband, to look into the three cases.

Foxx has said the state will not be taking any action.

The probe is now being overseen by the state’s top law enforcement agency.

The three officers were killed last March during a botched armed robbery of a home in a neighborhood in the New Jersey city of East Orange.

Police said they responded to a report of a man with a gun outside a house on the 1700 block of East Ocean Avenue.

They arrived to find a man in a car, with a loaded gun.

He demanded money and when officers tried to open the door, they were shot.

A police officer in the car also was shot.

The officers were identified as Sgt. Joseph Gebhart, 29, of the 16th Precinct, and Sgt. William A. Briscoe, 29.

They were both killed during the raid.

Foxx, the state attorney general, announced that she would launch a civil rights investigation into why the police department failed to conduct an independent investigation into whether any evidence existed that the officers were shot while they were on duty.

She said she would also appoint a special commission to review the actions of the New Jerseys department, including how it handled the shooting.

Foxes decision comes just a week after a panel of investigators for the state inspector general’s office found the state failed to properly oversee the probe into the shooting deaths.

The panel recommended the state establish an independent, public-records commission.

Foxe said the probe will not have an impact on her office’s decision to appoint a commission.

The state has not yet made a decision on appointing a commission, but she said she will be making an announcement soon.