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Third Complaint Filed Against Township Manager over ESU Training Incident

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LIVINGSTON, NJ – On Friday, May 31, Sergeant Kenneth Hanna of the Livingston Police Department levied an additional charge of Obstructing the Administration of Law (N.J.S.A 2C: 29-1) against Township Manager Michele Meade. 

The complaint summons released by the Livingston Municipal Court to TheAlternativePress.com states:

“Within the jurisdiction of this court, purposely preventing or attempt to prevent a public servant from lawfully performing an official function by means of intimidation and physical interference or obstacle or independently unlawful act, specifically by purposely coming into physical contact with officers and civilians in an attempt to obstruct and stop an authorized ESU (Emergency Service Unit) training exercise in violation of N.J.S.A 2C: 29-1.”

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Andrew Ullman, president of the Livingston Police Benevolent Association, told TheAlternativePress.com that “we support our officers in any manner so long as they operate in a lawful capacity.”

In the New Jersey Court of Law, the Obstruction of Justice complaint may be charged as a disorderly persons offense or a fourth-degree felony with punishment ranging from six months in jail and a $1,000 fine up to an 18-month prison sentence.

This is the third complaint filed against Meade in relation to the ESU Training Exercise that occurred on April 19, 2013, and involved officers from several other towns, including Belleville, Milburn and Little Silver. 

The first complaint was filed on April 22 by private citizen Kelly L. Mollineaux, for N.J.S.A 2C:12-1A1, a simple assault charge, and the other was filed on May 2 by Livingston Police Sergeant Kenneth Hanna for N.J.S.A 2C:33-2B, a disorderly conduct charge. ESU Incident Details were also filed by the Livingston Police Department on April 19.

Mayor Rudy Fernandez told TheAlternativePress.com, “I think it is premature to make any comments now until the accuracy of the complaint has been determined by the municipal court.”

While parties involved in the ESU training have pursued justice against Meade’s conduct through the municipal court system, the attorney hired by the town council, John Quirk of the law firm of Archer & Greiner, has concluded his independent report on the conduct of the administration leading the ESU training and recently submitted it to the police department.

TheAlternativePress.com submitted an OPRA request for the Independent Investigations Report with the Town Clerk, Glenn Turtletaub on Tuesday, June 4, and is now waiting for a response.

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