An African American officer from Jersey City is promoted to the highest rank in the department; after a year of a fatal shooting

NEW YORK – An African-American Jersey City police sergeant, who assisted an officer who was shot in a shooting last year, was promoted to lieutenant.

Marjorie Jordan makes history by being the first African-American woman to hold the highest rank in the department’s history. Jordan was captured on video, from a witness cell phone, helping officer Raymond Sánchez at the time when two suspects broke into a Jewish supermarket and killed three people as part of an anti-Semitic attack in December 2019.

Sánchez was shot in the shoulder that day, but survived. Four innocent people, including a veteran Jersey City police detective and father of five, were killed in a prolonged shooting.

Most of the victims were found inside the supermarket located on Martin Luther King Boulevard, an incident that officials described as a wave of terror fueled by hatred.

December 10 will be the first anniversary of the deadly attackl, and while the pandemic will make it difficult for families to mourn their loved ones, a synagogue in Jersey City said Tuesday it will house a memorial to honor the memories of those who were killed.

“The shooting at the Kosher market last year was a trauma for the community. Since then, we have focused on building coalitions that support nonviolence and social justice in Greenville and throughout the city, ”said Michael Zwain, president of B’nai Jacob Congregation.

“The Memorial is important so that we can come together to honor the lives of the four people who died so tragically that day. May his memory be a blessing, “he added.


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