AC mayor's ban on policing casino garages voided

October 6, 2011 12:07:33 PM PDT
Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford's order barring police patrols of casino garages has been declared null and void.

Atlantic County prosecutor Theodore Housel says the order was beyond the authority of the mayor.

The patrols began after a man was killed and a woman wounded in a carjacking and robbery at the Trump Taj Mahal parking garage on Sept. 18. It was the second deadly carjacking at the garage in 16 months.

The mayor said in his order that the city government's responsibility is to its residents, "first and foremost."