In a scene right out of a Franz Kafka novel, a Hoboken resident defending a complaint against him in Hoboken Municipal Court was denied a copy of the allegations he is charged with-- by the Hoboken Police Department!
Yes, it's true.
GA will fill in the blanks.
The Accused is Perennial Thorn in the ass of the Dark Side, Roman Brice. The Accuser is 2nd Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason, a frequent subject of Brice's political coverage on MSV.
Does it make sense now?
Because the Hoboken Police Department does share police complaints with their "friends"- oh, GA can show you that, but not today.
Had Brice identified himself as the proprietor of a smear blog that regularly attacks Reform and (for example) juxtaposes photos of Mayor Zimmer with monkeys, the police complaint would have arrived with flowers and a box of chocolates. In an email.
This is absolute, outrageous misconduct.
A Hoboken resident defending himself in Court against allegations in a police report and the legal authorities who took the complaint will not give him a copy?
GA believes this conduct should be reported to the New Jersey State Commision of Investigation (S.C.I.). SCI is an " independent fact-finding agency whose mission is to expose organized crime, public corruption and waste and to recommend reforms in the service of the citizens of New Jersey."
How about reforming the HPD so that ACCUSED are given copies of Complaints filed against them? Click HERE to inform the SCI about Kafkaesque- hijinks in Hoboken.
You know what this is about, people?
It's about creating an atmosphere of fear and intimidation, where members of Reform cannot attend public meetings, participate in volunteer service for Hoboken or SERVE A SUBPOENA without FEAR of ginned-up "harassment" charges. Of course, this is all passively encouraged by a police department that does not provide The Accused with a copy of the allegations against him or her.
Now, GA believes there are good and honest police in Hoboken. So why didn't they give Brice a copy of the Mason "harassment" complaint?
Brice has no way to know what version of "facts" Mason told the HPD. How is he supposed to defend himself in Court?
Yes, people. GA is reminded of the brilliant Orsen Welles adaptation of Kafka's, The Trial.
The Trial (1924) is about a man, Josef K, who is arrested and put on trial, but never explained why. The film opens with an allegory from the novel, which encapsulates the novel’s central point: a man goes to a city containing the “law”, but a guard at the gate warns him not to enter. The man obeys, but spends his entire life persuading the guard to let him in. Just before the man dies, the guard says that this door was made just for him, but now he must close it. The story itself begins with Josef awakened at 6:15 AM by two inspectors who inform him that he’s arrested and suspiciously scrutinizes all of his words. Although under arrest, he is not taken into custody and the inspectors interrogate him intermittently during his daily routine. As he goes through his normal activities, everyone he talks to speaks to him as though he is guilty of something, just as the inspectors do, and he continually attempts to defend himself. At the end of the film, two inspectors throw Josef into a pit, toss in dynamite, and Josef dies in the explosion.No such dramatic endings in Hoboken, like exploding horses.
But the point is every subject of a police complaint in Hoboken who requests a copy of the complaint should be given one, no matter WHO they are. No excuses.