- TRENTON — The Trenton police department's Facebook page was shutdown sometime late Thursday and city officials were not talking about it Friday.
The police officer tasked with running the page, Randall Hanson, declined comment, referring any questions to the department spokesman.
"We have deactivated our Facebook page until such time as our social media policy can be reviewed and updated," the spokesman, Lt. Stephen Varn, said. He declined to answer any questions about the page.
Multiple law enforcement and city sources, however, said the page was taken down at the direction of the Trenton City Clerk's office, due to recent issues regarding content on the page and public comments posted on the page.
City Clerk Richard Kachmar said "no comment" when reached at his office Friday morning. He referred questions to Michael Walker, the Trenton city spokesman.
Walker responded with a no comment.
Also, the sources said, Ed Forchion, also known as NJ Weedman, has been making numerous Open Public Records Act (OPRA) requests through intermediaries regarding Trenton police and their Facebook page.
The Trenton police Facebook page was not used to provide detailed information on crimes, investigations or arrests, based on past posts.
It did chronicle general policing issues in the city, how officers were interacting with the community and was a bullentin board for upcoming city events where police had a role.
The Mercer County Prosecutor's Office and Trenton police officers raided Forchion's NJ Weedman's Joint restaurant and accompanying Liberty Bell Temple in April, arresting Forchion and several others on marijuana possession and distribution charges.
Since then, Forchion has been waging a social media attack on Trenton police. And in May, he taunted Trenton police officers outside his re-opened restaurant.