GA was pleased to hear from Hoboken Police Chief Ken Ferrante last night.
Ferrante explained that a civilian employee at the HPD handles subpoena requests, and both officers' supervisors had been informed.
As for the officers, Detective Mecka took Mason's "victim statement" surrounding the service of the suboena at the City Council, and Officer Cahill had filled out an investigation report when Mason complained about having her photo taken. He would not elaborate. Ferrante told GA that Cahill "will not be needed" for the October 30 trial.
Thank you, Chief Ferrante. GA appreciates the update.
Now for my thoughts...
Mason's "victim statement" was taken by newly-appointed detective, Jonathan Mecka.
The Mecka family is steeped in Hoboken politics; his dad, retired HPD Captain Ed Mecka has supported political campaigns for Beth Mason and Tim Occhipinti, Jonathan Mecka's sister Lauren worked on Mason's 2009 mayoral campaign.
Emails produced for Defendants by Lane Bajardi and Kim Cardinal Bajardi in thier "SLAPP disguised as a defamation case" document the Meckas' political support for Councilwoman Mason.
|Bajardi v Pincus- Def. Pincus' MSJ Exhibit 2- BAJARDI_00024731.htm|
|Bajardi v Pincus- Def. Pincus' MSJ Exhibit 2- BAJARDI_00024711.htm|
The Masons were Tim Occhipinti's largest campaign contributors in 2010; Occhipinti's victory swung Hoboken City Council to the 'OG' and Mason was voted City Council president.
|Bajardi v Pincus- Def. Pincus' MSJ Exhibit 2- BAJARDI_0008496.htm|
There is nothing improper about the Mecka family's participation in local politics.
In my OPINION, the problem is in the selection of Detective Mecka to take Councilwoman Mason's "victim statement."
In the manner that any public official should recuse himself/herself from potential conflicts-of-interest in official matters pertaining to a friend or relative, this young detective's family- father and sister, have worked on political campaigns for and/or supported the so-called "victim." Add to that, Mason's charges are obvious, politically-motivated BULLSH*T, and it all smells very, very bad.
In GA's OPINION, Detective Mecka was clearly conflicted out of handling this case.
Wasn't there any other detective in the HPD without a family member who'd worked on a Mason political campaign? Why choose a detective with known political family-ties to the "victim?"
Remember, Mason's claims: she was "alarmed" and "offended" at being served a trial subpoena for Bajardi v Pincus. What nonsense. Does the HPD dignify every political grievance with a "victim statement?" Or is that a privilege reserved for political friends?
Mason's fraud on the court, and any "sympathy" she may have gotten from the HPD will be exposed on October 30.
Pardon my cynicism, but GA has been on the receiving end of an HPD favor done for Mason.
That was all before Chief Ferrante's time; GA calls them "The Bad Old Days."
Chief Ferrante's management has improved the HPD dramatically, and is helping mend broken trust in our community.
Mason's crap complaint dignified by the HPD is to me, an artifact from "The Bad Old Days."