HOBOKEN, NJ - The Hoboken Police Department has been named in a lawsuit, along with several specific officers, for alleged violations stemming from an arrest in 2018.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff is, "a female of Asian and Hispanic ethnicity." She reportedly engaged in an argument with Officer William Collins, at which point she claims officers handled her aggressively and in the process "fondled" and "exposed her breasts." She also claims her phone was damaged in the incident, which resulted in her being charged.
Soon after the incident, one of the arresting officers, Officer Ricky Truppner, approached the plaintiff via social media and eventually met for a romantic date, launching an ensuing relationship. The suit maintains the Officer engaged in "inappropriate activities" with the plaintiff. Meanwhile, her charges were ultimately dropped in July 2019.
The lawsuit filed claims a number of counts, including Assault & Battery, Negligence, Unlawful Discrimination, Abuse of Process & Wrongful Enforcement of the Law, plus Civil Conspiracy.
"I learned of this case [on September 4] and immediately opened an Internal Affairs Investigation," said Hoboken Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante. "At this time, the case is at the Hudson County Prosecutors Office as our Internal Affairs sent it there for a review. There were no complaints made to our Internal Affairs, our Detectives, nor the Hudson County Prosecutors in the past two years regarding this case. These are serious allegations and they will be thoroughly investigated. At this time, there are no criminal charges filed."
According to the complaint, the plaintiff is seeking a trial and punitive damages.
CORRECTION: The original version of this story named "William Truppner" in the lawsuit, based directly upon the complaint filed by the plaintiff's attorney. That complaint has since been updated to read "Ricky Truppner," and subsequently re-filed. William Truppner, who retired from the Hoboken Police Department in 2013, is in no way affiliated with this case.
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