I was deeply saddened to learn of the recent passing of prominent New Jersey civil rights attorney, William H. Buckman of Moorestown.
Mr. Buckman successfully exposed and sued the New Jersey State Police for racial profiling on the NJ Turnpike in the 1990s. Mr. Buckman's legal efforts forced the NJSP to install video cameras in patrol cars.
More recently, Mr. Buckman had been co-counsel on a lawsuit against the Christie administration for obstructing the medical marijuana program.
To honor the memory of Mr. Buckman, we must all work to end the racism and injustices that are still all too present in our law enforcement agencies. We must demand accountability, transparency, oversight and diversity in our policing agencies.
The legacy of William H. Buckman is that of a civil rights hero and therefore, his noble work must become a required part of New Jersey High School curriculum and be memorialized with a courthouse bearing his namesake.
While Mr. Buckman may no longer be with us, his sense of humanity, skillful practice of law and tireless dedication to justice left a legacy of precedent setting civil rights victories that will forever benefit the people of New Jersey.
Rest in peace, counsel.