NJ Governor Chris Christie Calls For Probe Into Boy-With-Gun Photo Investigation
After New Jersey man Shawn Moore uploaded a photo on Facebook of his 10-year-old son Josh holding a military-style rifle, the state's child welfare agency and local police visited his home.
Now, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wants the attorney general to investigate that visit.
According to Moore, police in SWAT gear showed up at his home, the state child welfare workers were aggressive and the visit was unnecessary. The inquiry was made because police say they got anonymous calls expressing concern about the safety of a child. The gun in question was a .22-caliber rifle made to look like an assault rifle. No charges were filed.
Christie says reports about the inquiry raise "troubling questions" and asked Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa to look at "whether all applicable laws were appropriately followed, and to take any remedial, investigative or other actions that may be required."
In a letter released by the Christie administration on Wednesday, the governor wrote:
"The public reports of this matter raise troubling questions concerning the facts and circumstances surrounding the investigation, the manner in which the investigation was conducted, and the procedures followed by law enforcement and the Division of Child Protection and Permanency."
Moore's lawyer, Evan Nappen, said the public outrage about the visit led to Christie calling for the probe and that he did not request it, reports Fox News.
"We welcome the investigation so that something like this hopefully doesn't happen again," Nappen said. "There's this really great reason why there's no charges and the case is closed, and that's because my client didn't do anything wrong."
After the “aggressive” visit, Moore posted a comment about the incident on a gun rights website and was soon appearing on a Fox News talk show and elsewhere.
Carney Point Police Chief Robert DiGregorio and Mayor Richard Gatanis defended the way that authorities conducted the visit in a statement: "In light of some of the recent school shootings across our nation, the Carneys Point Police Department takes these types of calls seriously.”