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Open Government Advocacy Project:
IA Complaint against Jersey City

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Police Accountability Project of the New Jersey Libertarian Party P.O. Box 5424 Somerset, NJ 08875 August 6, 2013 Lieutenant Mark Miller Jersey City Police Department, IA Unit 1 Journal Square Plaza 4th Floor Jersey City, NJ 07306 (Via Fax to 201-547-5512) Dear Lieutenant Miller: I chair the New Jersey Libertarian Party\'s Police Accountability Project and ask that you accept this letter as our Internal Affairs complaint. We would like your agency to investigate whether various Jersey City officers and other personnel employed by your agency acted in accordance with department policy and the law regarding a search of an apartment on April 2, 2011. According to Judge Joseph V. Isabella\'s July 24, 2012 opinion, which was affirmed by the Appellate Division decision in State v. Mitchell and Hoffman, Docket No. A-0224-12T2 (on-line here), the officers apparently searched an apartment before a search warrant was issued. This caused the Judge Isabella to suppress the handgun and drugs found in the apartment because the warrantless search was unconstitutional. If your officers, despite having received adequate training and direction regarding when and how to conduct warrantless searches elected to ignore their training, we ask that you discipline them. Otherwise, we ask that your department review and supplement your training requirements in this area of the law. Thank you for your attention to this matter. Very truly yours, John Paff, Chairman New Jersey Libertarian Party Police Accountability Project P.O. Box 5424 Somerset, NJ 08875-5424 Phone: 732-873-1251 - Fax: 908-325-0129 Email: paff@pobox.com




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