Wednesday, June 3, 2015

IA Complaint against Plainfield Police Officers

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

June 3, 2015

Internal Affairs Unit
Plainfield Police Division
200 East Fourth Street
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(via regular mail)

Dear Sir or Madam:

Please accept this as our Internal Affairs complaint against Officer B. Baber, Lt. J.T. Plum, Detective Adam Green and other members of your agency who participated in the August 17, 2011 warrantless search of Akilah N. Murphy's apartment in the 500 block of West 8th Street or the subsequent securing of a search warrant by misrepresenting facts to the court.

We base our complaint upon the Appellate Division's June 3, 2015 decision in State v. Akilah N. Murphy, Docket No. A-3662-12T3, a copy of which is on-line here.  Notably, the court found that the warrantless search was "unwarranted" and that the officers who participated in it were "overzealous." The court determined that:
We hold that the Plainfield Police Officers who entered defendant's apartment on August 17, 2011, without a search warrant violated defendant's rights against unreasonable searches and seizures under both the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States and Article I, Paragraph 7 of the New Jersey Constitution.
As to Green, the court found that he offered only hearsay testimony, in response to leading questions, that "misrepresented the sequence of events that led Baber to request the assistance of additional officers."

Thank you very much for your attention to this matter.  Please confirm receipt and conduct an investigation.

Very truly yours,

John Paff, Chairman
Police Accountability Project
Voice: 732-873-1251
Fax: 732-862-4449
E-mail: paff@pobox.com

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Subsequent action:

08/15/17: Followed up.  Click here.