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Woman claims Perth Amboy cops arrested her for taping them

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On November 30, 2011, a Perth Amboy woman sued the City of Perth Amboy and two of its police officers for allegedly assaulting and falsely arresting after she videotapedthem. In her suit, Theodora Williams of Neville Street claims that on November 23, 2009 she was videotaping Officers David Formenza and Isaias Vasquez (city payroll records have the officers\' names spelled David Formeza and Isaias Vazquez) who were arresting and assaulting her son in front of her house. She further claims that in an attempt to seize her video camera, the two officers, along with others, \"hit her with a stick, grabbed her, pushed her and/or threw her to the ground.\" She says that she was taken to the police station, refused medical treatment, jailed overnight and charged with \"tampering with evidence.\" She further asserts that the charge was later dismissed. Williams\' suit claims that immediately preceding her arrest, Formeza and Vazquez were following her son, Larry Hardeman, who had videotaped the officers at a Walgreens. According to Williams, the officers were retaliating against her and her son because Williams and Hardeman had previously settled a lawsuit against the police department and because Hardeman had filed an internal affairs complaint against two officers. The lawsuit, Williams v. City of Perth Amboy, et al, Docket No. MID-L-8371-11, in on-line here: Williams is being represented by Ida Cambria, Esq. of Perth Amboy. ABOUT ME AND WHY I\'M POSTING THIS. I chair the New Jersey Libertarian Party\'s Open Government Advocacy Project which seeks to increase governmental transparency and accountability, particularly at a local level. For more information on the Libertarian Party, go to http://www.njlp.org. As part of my work, I routinely check civil court cases where at least one of the parties is a government agency or official. I believe that there lawsuits may be of interest to citizens and taxpayers. John Paff Somerset, New Jersey




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New Jersey Libertarian Party Open Government Advocacy Project: Woman claims Perth Amboy cops arrested her for taping them. December 28, 2011.
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