New Jersey's top court says the public should have had a chance to vote on an ordinance that would have derailed the police-force reboot in New Jersey's most dangerous city.
But the state Supreme Court says in an opinion released Tuesday that it's too late for a vote now on that measure in Camden.
In 2013, the city eliminated its police department and replaced it with a new one run by the Camden County government.
A group of activists petitioned for a public vote to stop the changeover, but a lower-court judge rejected their efforts.
The state Supreme Court disagreed but says holding the vote now would require a new petition drive — and the measure would be subject to the veto of the state Community Affairs commissioner.