Thursday, June 6, 2013

Jersey City "administratively closes" IA complaint

I wrote the following e-mail to the Jersey City Police Department's IA Unit today, in reference to IAU Case File #: 2012-106 (Sergeant Edward Nestor, Sergeant Keith Ludwig and Detective Terrence Doran)

Police Accountability Project of the
New Jersey Libertarian Party
P.O. Box 5424
Somerset, NJ  08875

June 6, 2013

Louis Siranides, Internal Affairs Unit
Jersey City Police Department
1 Journal Square Plaza
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(via e-mail to lsiranides@njjcps.org)

Dear Captain Siranides:

I am in receipt of your May 23, 2013 letter, a copy of which is on-line here.  (Also, for your ready reference, my June 16, 2011 Internal Affairs Complaint and the Appellate Division decision upon which it was based are here and here.
 Would you please explain to me why the complaint was "administratively closed" instead of being disposed of by an "exonerated,"  "sustained," "not sustained" or "unfounded" finding, as suggested by General Order # 2-12?  The only reference I can find to an "administrative dismissal" is on the 116th page of the Attorney General's Internal Affairs Guidelines (on-line here).  According to the Guidelines, complaints should be "administratively dismissed" only when a disposition on the merits cannot be reached, such as when the "subject officer terminates his or her employment prior to disposition of the complaint."

Please advise.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.


John Paff

-- Subsequent Action

06/07/13 Resubmitted e-mail via fax (click here)
06/17/13 Response received (click here)