TRENTON — A police shooting of an unarmed Black man inside a car a month ago remains under review, as a lawsuit is being filed on behalf of the man, who is now partially paralyzed.

Jajuan Henderson, 29, of Burlington, was shot four times by officers in an incident after midnight Feb. 12, while he was sitting in the driver’s seat of a 2003 Saturn Ion outside a Trenton residence.

Henderson was charged with four counts of aggravated assault, for "attempting to cause serious bodily injury" to officers standing near the car, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office announced two days later.

No officers were hurt.

Henderson was also charged with resisting arrest and obstruction.

All four officers have been on paid administrative leave as the response remains under review.

The state Office of the Attorney General has transferred that investigation to the Union County Prosecutor's Office after a conflict of interest was confirmed among the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, as first reported by NJ.com.

“The City of Trenton has fully complied with the required Attorney General’s review of the February 12 incident, and await the findings. The City has no comment on any pending litigation,” according to a written response to New Jersey 101.5 from Trentonn spokesman Timothy Carroll.

Trenton police vehicle
Trenton police vehicle (Brian McCarthy)
loading...

Feb. 12 incident

According to the complaint and affidavit in Henderson’s arrest, body camera footage from one of the officers shows that Henderson started the car after an officer had broken the driver’s side window.

Henderson then hit the car in front of him and then behind him, in trying to move the Ion from its parallel parking spot.

The same affidavit said that Henderson did not provide a driver’s license, vehicle registration, or insurance documents to officers and appeared to be on the phone while officers tried to order him out of the vehicle.

He also would not fully lower the driver’s window and was told to "stop reaching" around in the car, including below the seats, according to the police officers at the scene.

Police have not said what led to the encounter with Henderson.

A lawsuit was being filed on Thursday, according to the Zeff Law Firm with support of the NAACP New Jersey State Conference, on behalf of Henderson against the City of Trenton, Trenton Police Department Director Steve Wilson, and several unidentified police officers.

In announcing the suit, attorneys for Henderson said he had gone to the parked car to get an iced tea and was sitting alone in the vehicle, shortly after midnight, when “an unidentified dark car approached and parked next to him, boxing him in.”

“These officers pulled the trigger that nearly ended another Black man’s life. When Black parents give their children ‘the talk,’ they must now add sitting in the car after midnight to the list of things Black men must avoid so they do not appear suspicious,” a joint statement said on Wednesday.

Henderson was initially treated at Capital Health Regional Medical Center.

He was then transferred to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to benefit Henderson and his family.

Erin Vogt is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach her at erin.vogt@townsquaremedia.com

Click here to contact an editor about feedback or a correction for this story.

Every NJ pizza joint Barstool's Dave Portnoy has reviewed

Dave Portnoy, commonly known as El Presidente, is the founder of Barstool Sports. Somewhere along the way, he decided to start reviewing local pizzerias, and the concept took off. Here is every New Jersey pizzeria Dave has stopped in, along with the score he gave them.

NJ freedom trucker convoy on March 5 — What Bill Spadea saw

It was a chilly Saturday night and a rainy Sunday morning but that did not dampen the enthusiasm of the hundreds of vehicles participating in the New Jersey Freedom Convoy on March 5-6, 2022. Here are some pics of the event, from the crowds lining the overpasses and roadways, to the trucks to the line of vehicles heading south.

New Jersey's new legislative districts for the 2020s

Boundaries for the 40 legislative districts for the Senate and Assembly elections of 2023 through 2029, and perhaps 2031, were approved in a bipartisan vote of the Apportionment Commission on Feb. 18, 2022. The map continues to favor Democrats, though Republicans say it gives them a chance to win the majority.

The Ultimate Guide to New Jersey Brewpubs

From the website that gave you the "Friendliest bars" and places to watch the game, comes the ultimate guide to New Jersey brewpubs.

So what's a "brew pub"?

According to Thompson Island's Article on the differences between a craft brewery, microbrewery, brewpub & gastropub, it says:
 
"A brewpub is a hybrid between a restaurant and a brewery. It sells at least 25% of its beer on-site in combination with significant food services. At a brewpub, the beer is primarily brewed for sale inside the restaurant or bar. Where it's legally allowed, brewpubs may sell beer to go or distribute it to some offsite destinations."

New Jersey has tons of Brewpubs, some of which have been around for years and some that have just opened in the past year.

Here is a full list of the 21 brewpubs in New Jersey according to New Jersey Craft Beer:

Gravy or sauce? These restaurants make the best red in Central Jersey

2021 NJ property taxes: See how your town compares

Find your municipality in this alphabetical list to see how its average property tax bill for 2021 compares to others. You can also see how much the average bill changed from 2020. For an interactive map version, click here. And for the full analysis by New Jersey 101.5, read this story.

Update: NJ arrests in Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot

A year later, more than 20 people from New Jersey have been charged with involvement in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.