Monroe man's death lands NJ cop in court

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A New Jersey state police officer pleaded not guilty at arraignment Wednesday in the fatal shooting of a Monroe Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation member.

First-year park officer Chad Walder was flanked by family and fellow cops in court. A New Jersey grand jury indicted Walder Tuesday on reckless manslaughter charges. Walder allegedly shot Emil Mann last April in Ringwood State Park in a dispute over all-terrain vehicles. The Monroe man was shot three times in the chest and legs during the confrontation and died days later.

The victim's cousin, Otis Mann, was indicted on charges of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and disarming a police officer in the same incident.

Ramapough Lenape leaders have said the shooting demonstrates a lack of understanding between law enforcement and the tribe.

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