Something Rotten in New Jersey

Holding out the possibility there’s more to this story than is being reported, am I the only one who read this article and wondered why it’s the kids being charged and not the cop? A story over at has more information, where former prosecutors agree that state trooper in question could be in big heap trouble. The trooper claims he believed the kids were burglarizing his house, and there’s also some dispute as to whether he identified himself as a police officer. But you know what? If I shoot at fleeing burglars, I’m going to jail. The fact that the kids called 911 after being shot at also doesn’t speak for the fact that they were attempting to burglarize the house, or that the officer identified himself. If he did not identify himself, according to the article at that could mean additional serious charges:

If he’s not treated as an on-the-job officer — and Romankow was more skeptical the trooper would be — any number of other charges might come into play, Bianchi said. Second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose could mean 5 to 10 years, with 3 years of parole ineligibility. Fourth-degree pointing a weapon at another person carries 18 months of parole ineligibility.

If this is a case of an officer losing his cool, at the least it should be the end of his career, and he should face the same charges any similarly situation civilian would face under these circumstances.

4 Responses to “Something Rotten in New Jersey”

  1. LC Scotty says:

    “am I the only one who read this article and wondered why it’s the kids being charged and not the cop?”

    Asked and answered, my friend. Asked and answered.

    • Rob says:

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  2. GMC70 says:

    Looks like the kids were released without charges. And there’s nothing to charge them with, assuming the reports are accurate (a bit of a reach of an assumption, I’ll admit).

    On the other hand, again assuming the reports are true, the Trooper absolutely should be charged. Whether he’s acting in his capacity as an officer or not. You or I would be . . .

    . . . but then, they’re cops. They believe there are a different set of rules for cops. And unfortunately, too often they’re right.

  3. Bram says:

    Sparta is in the very red section of NJ – if the cop isn’t punished there will be a big stink – not sure if the town can press charges against a state cop.