March 15, 2001 (TRENTON, N.J.) – The New Jersey Supreme Court has refused to throw out criminal charges against two state troopers who shot and wounded three young minority men in a confrontation on the New Jersey Turnpike.
John Hogan and James Kenna are scheduled to go on trial in September. A judge dismissed the charges agsinst them last year, but they were reinstated by an appeals court.
Hogan and Kenna fired into a van in April 1999 during a traffic stop. They said that the driver put the vehicle into reverse, and they feared being hit. State prosecutors say that the shooting, which wounded the three passengers, was not justified. The young men, who were traveling to a basketball clinic in North Carolina, were not armed.
The case helped fuel the controversy about alleged racial profiling by state police.