South Brunswick PD Right to
Charge False Accusers
Police and Law Enforcement News
South Brunswick Police Department sent a very clear message last week:
if you file a false internal affairs report against an officer, you will
be formally charged with a criminal offense.
March 18, 2013 an officer with SBPD stopped a woman and issued several
motor vehicle summonses. At some point, the woman filed an internal
affairs complaint against the officer.
complaint she accused the officer of assaulting her by reaching through
the window and smacking her. She even demonstrated exactly what the
officer did. The woman described how she felt traumatized and fearful
as a result of the assault.
Unfortunately for our "victim," the villain officer's patrol car
recorded the entire episode.
Jim Ryan, a spokesman for SBPD, spoke with
Ryan said the videotape – which includes audio – showed the officer
“The video shows the police car stopped at a traffic light on Route
27 and Heathcote Road,” the report from police states. “The light turns
green for Route 27 and Ms. Yang goes through the red light on Heathcote
The tape shows the officer conducting a motor-vehicle stop, Ryan
The officer writes Yang two tickets for going through a red light
and failure to produce a vehicle registration.
“The officer explains the motor vehicle tickets and walks away from
the car without incident,” Ryan said.
the investigation was complete and it was determined that there was no
wrongdoing, instead of just closing the case out, SBPD signed her up for
filing a false police report.
needs to be done more. Much more.
an internal affairs investigation uncovers improper conduct by an
officer, he or she is dealt with - and rightfully so - immediately and
should work no differently for those who concoct stories against police
officers. When it is evident that the complaint is an outright
lie, the complainant needs to be put in bracelets.
not suggesting to have every complainant in every IA investigation
thrown in jail when the disposition is unfounded or not sustained. There are times where two people (an officer and a
complainant) can have a different perception of what took place during
an encounter. We must leave room for this.
also don't want to create an atmosphere that discourages legitimate
reports of corruption or improper behavior. It's better for our
profession that such incidents are uncovered appropriately handled.
fabricated accusations must result in arrest.
Whether the complainant be a street urchin from an inner city upset
about a drug charge or a primadonna attorney unhappy because his
speeding ticket caused him to lose his tee-time, if a false accusation
is made, the response needs to be a green sheet and nothing less.
agencies should follow South Brunswick's lead.
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