The information below was shared by a self-described “insider” seeking to make public the frequent rights-violations witnessed by colleagues at the Washington Township (NJ) police outfit. Kudos to that person for speaking out – it will undoubtedly encourage others to do the same.
Date of Incident: Daily
Outfit: Washington Township Police Department
I witness day after day Washington Township Police officers stop persons in a vehicle or on the street, demanding ID and then checking them for warrants. This will happen on almost every (98%) traffic stop, on a motor vehicle accident, a person reporting their house vandalized, and in other instances where you would not think that you would have to show ID and wait for dispatch to run your record.
These cops do this everyday. Consider me an insider trying to get attention to this problem, not everyone is guilty but these guys have been trained to think that way, obviously not considering one innocent until proven guilty.
It also happens in Pohatcong Township as well, in the same county in NJ, one of the worst offenders is Officer Matt Radecky. He got into a scuffle with an elderly man during a traffic stop because the man was asking questions. Radecky is a typical jackboot power abuser. The incident was actually caught on tape and posted to YouTube, but I’ve been unable to find it. I have seen the video though. It’s disturbing when the man is removed from his vehicle, Radecky looses it.
I don’t know if there is anything you guys can do. I’ve warned my family not to go through certain areas of the county at night because that’s when certain cops are on that get their jollies from their abuse.
There also is a new Law Enforcement Action Plan or LEAP that has been adopted by the County’s police departments. It was drafted after Ferguson. The Public safety director, who is a corrupt tyrant, swears that something like Ferguson is going to happen here and that’s why it was made up. Riots can start anywhere, but that’s a different story. There was a line in the plan that was disturbing to me though, it stated that it would be used to quell violence and civil unrest, blah, blah, blah, but also, for 1st Amendment Activities…why can’t I speak freely? Sounds like a Bundy Ranch problem if you ask me.
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