On basis, individuals contact the Project and ask us how about exposing cops who have violated their rights.TFTP often responds individuals by advising them evidence and an attorney or file a complaint with another department.
Because of of of our stories that we cover, many folks tell us that scared to file complaints with the departments out of fear of retaliation.
As the following incident illustrates, this retaliation is real and is by cops on innocent people for attempting them accountable.
Two Asbury Park Stephen Martinsen, 29, and Thomas Dowling, 26, were charged last year with conspiracy, criminal mischief and weapons offenses.
The officers were caught dressing up in disguises and vandalizing two vehicles belonging to 70-year-old Ernest Mignoli.
This week, they both pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal mischief and as their plea deals forfeit any future public employment state, from Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
"Spiteful retaliation from officers towards a citizen for any reason is an unacceptable option. in no way condoned at any level, for any reason," Gramiccioni said statement.
"All members of the community must maintain the public's trust by conducting themselves at level of integrity and decency."
The officers the damage they caused to the man's car likely be probation after sentenced in October.
As TFTP reported at the time, last September, Mignoli found his Jeep Liberty and Toyota Prius with their tires slashed and their windows smashed in.
Mignoli told reporters that his "Jaw dropped" when he that the perpetrators crimes were cops.
Earlier week, Mignoli filed complaints against officers who have now pleaded guilty to the crime.
"I just wouldn't think be scope of something like that," Mignoli said.
"I'm a concerned citizen, outspoken critic of Asbury Park . But this goes behind the pale."
Mignoli explained to NJ.com that his police accountability activism has put a target on his back and has led to him constantly being harassed.
Although he wouldn't elaborate on of the complaints, Mignoli explained that he has been keeping a watchful eye on police area since he moved there 12 years ago.
"I'm constantly harassed by police wherever ," he said.
"It's just of my work."
The department released praising they did in holding these cops accountable.
"The cooperative efforts of the Asbury Park Police Department's Internal Affairs Unit Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office's Professional Responsibility Unit clear example of how effective our current internal affairs policies are," Asbury Park David Kelso said statement.
"These officers were held their actions and misconduct will hold our officers responsible upon the trust of the community that we serve."
The idea that two police officers-whose ostensible duties include serving the citizens of Asbury park-would dress up in disguises and destroy a man's cars for filing a complaint against them, is shocking.
As we previously reported, a deputy with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office was allowed to quietly resign last month amid an investigation into his retaliatory actions against an innocent family.
Deputy Lance Chambers was caught on video throwing nails into a family's driveway over a series of complaints they filed against him.
Former officer William Dukes Jr. of the Providence was sentenced to four years cage for the horrifying treatment, abuse, and kidnapping of an innocent man-all for filing a complaint against him.
According to the DoJ, upon arriving at the victim's home after 1 a.m., Dukes attempted to arrest the victim based solely on the phone calls he had made complaining about Dukes.
When the victim insisted he had done nothing wrong and retreated into his home, Dukes entered the victim's home without a warrant.
Dukes then tased the victim, sprayed him face with , struck him repeatedly with a police baton, and punched him face, breaking the victim's nose.
Next, Dukes handcuffed the victim and charged him with four crimes, including a charge of property damage because blood from the victim's broken nose got onto Dukes's police uniform.
How many other innocent people have had their property vandalized, been arrested, and had their lives ruined by cops retaliating for a complaint? We're betting that number pretty high.
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