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Egg Harbor exonerates cop who conducted warrantless search
 

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On May 23, 2011, the New Jersey Libertarian Party\'s Police Accountability Project filed an Internal Affairs complaint against an Egg Harbor Township (Atlantic County) police officer who conducted a warrantless search of a motor vehicle. The complaint was filed after two-judge Appellate Division panel found that Officer Michael Bordanaro\'s search of a vehicle, which resulted in him finding a loaded .9 mm handgun, was illegal because there were no \"exigent circumstances\" excusing him from first getting a search warrant. In his November 14, 2011 response to the complaint, Police Chief Michael J. Morris determined that Officer Bordanaro\'s \"actions were . . . in compliance with departmental policy and law.\" He noted that there is \"no magic formula\" that would enable an officer to know for sure whether a given search requires a warrant, but that each case needs to be \"determined on a case-by-case basis.\" He also stated that the Appellate Division\'s ruling is being considered by the New Jersey Supreme Court and that \"once an opinion is available [the Police Department] will conduct a review in order to ascertain if there is a need to re-open the investigation, change policy or provide additional training.\" The complaint, Appellate Division decision and Chief Morris\' response are on-line here: John Paff, Chairman New Jersey Libertarian Party\'s Police Accountability Project paff@pobox.com November 19, 2011

 

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New Jersey Libertarian Party Open Government Advocacy Project: Egg Harbor exonerates cop who conducted warrantless search . November 19, 2011.
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