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News 12: Woman Accuses City Cop of Brutality in Holding Cell; Incident Caught on Tape

January 21, 2013 at 2:33 PM


PATERSON, NJ – A woman is preparing a lawsuit against Paterson accusing an off-duty city police officer of slamming her to the ground while she was handcuffed and sitting on a bench in a holding cell at headquarters, according to a report on News 12.

The report by “Kane in Your Corner” includes a videotape of the incident in which Linette Vazquez says she was attacked by Officer Michael Avila in March 2011.

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The report says Avila has been disciplined by the Paterson police department, but that a grand jury found no reason to levy criminal charges against Avila. Vazquez and co-workers from the Sunrise Gentleman’s Club were having breakfast the Egg Platter on Crooks Avenue when she had a dispute with Avila and another off-duty who were at the next table, the story said.

Over the past 18 months, Paterson has paid out more than $1.2 million to settle lawsuits alleging abuse by Paterson police officers, according to resolutions approved by the City Council.

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Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres is demanded by Paterson council to explain police comp time payouts

January 19, 2017

PATERSON, N.J.- Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres is demanded by Paterson council to explain police comp time payouts.

Eight police officers were paid  $131,470 for compensatory time by the city. The checks issued on January 1st, 2017 ranged from $7,619 to $23,421, according to documents provided to council members.

Tuesday night, City council members requested an explanation from ...

Hanged Black Puppet at ALJ in Clark Greets Visiting Plainfield Team, Social Media Reports Claim

January 9, 2017

CLARK, NJ – The picture shows a black puppet, hanging by a string looped around its neck and hand, a basketball attached to one end.  This puppet is reportedly what greeted players from the Plainfield High School girls basketball team when they arrived at the Arthur L. Johnson High School for a Saturday morning game, according to posts on Plainfield community Facebook ...


January 19, 2017

PATERSON, NEW JERSEY-Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes announces the entry of a guilty plea in the matter of State of New Jersey v. Jermaine Eason.

On January 18, 2017, Jermaine Eason pleaded guilty to seven (7) counts of Robbery, a 1st degree crime, one (1) count of Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, a 2nd degree crime, one (1) count of Jury Tampering, a 3rd degree crime, and one (1) ...