Three New Jersey cops were charged with police misconduct after allegedly beating female inmates. Currently, the case is still under investigation, however, the officers are being charged with official misconduct. They may also be met with further charges.
At least six inmates at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility in Clinton, NJ have come forward, as well as relatives of the inmates who report being told about the abuse. Another prisoner also claims that she was sexually assaulted by one of the police officers, while also suffering significant injuries.
While the case is still being investigated, the county has collected reports from many inmates and has confirmed that many of the women did sustain injuries. Others report that the investigation was also initially covered up by filing false reports and covering up important details, including by county supervisors. Because of this, some officers and jail staff are also dealing with tampering with public records charges.
One of the prison’s staff members has previous allegations and has been sued at least three times prior to this occasion. However, it has not been reported that he is connected to this situation. At least 32 staff members at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility have been placed on paid leave under investigation.
The governor of New Jersey has ordered an official investigation into the proposed claims.
Potential Consequences Under New Jersey Law
If convicted, the police officers may be met with a minimum of five years of prison time. This prison time does not include concurrent charges, like tampering with evidence, which could lead to further jail time. Additionally, the criminal record would likely prevent the officer from working in public service.
What is Police Misconduct in New Jersey?
Official misconduct refers to misconduct or discrimination by a government employee. The state encourages people to report wrongdoing to the Office of the Attorney General for the State of New Jersey.
Examples of police misconduct include:
- Firing a gun or using a stun gun when unnecessary
- An abuse of power
- Coercion of a false confession
- False arrest or imprisonment
- Intentionally damaging evidence
- Tampering with a witness
- Police brutality
- Unwarranted surveillance
- Unwarranted search
If you were arrested and charged with police misconduct, don’t wait to contact a criminal defense attorney for help.
Contact an Experienced Summit Criminal Defense Lawyer About Your Police Misconduct Case in New Jersey
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