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NJ Police Harassment still active and Not Enforced - Nursing Mother Handcuffed, Hauled Away

Posted on 07/05/2008 8:16:57 AM PDT by citi7321

[Mod Note - poster claims this was her but somehow managed to confuse Lakewood, CO with Lakewood, NJ. The kittens, however, were not confused, and promptly straighened out jurisdiction] A nursing mother was separated from her baby, handcuffed, and abruptly taken to jail and now, the state patrol and the Lakewood Police Department are investigating. The mother told 7NEWS' John Ferrugia that she was terrified and humiliated by police mistakes. It all began when the woman and her husband were pulled over during a routine traffic stop. "I doubled up kids in the back seat in belts. So they were restrained, but not properly. But ... it was my fault for not having them in there properly," said father Ricky Archuleta. Ricky expected a ticket but was surprised when...


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Is it standard procedure for Officers to climb into the vehicles with the women ?

Is it standard procedure to allow police officers here - to insist/cajole women into lifting there shirts off ? Why should one of your Officers be insisting on a woman to breast feed in front of them ? Isn't thos considered Sexual-Harassment ??

And what gives him the right to take and MANHANDLE my baby from me ?

Is this standard procedure for Police Officers in NJ ? Where is our Right-to-Privacy left ??

Also, should this officer be following me around ? Is it procedure that officers can follow people around - to wait for a little mistake, so they can get more attention from me ?

This is a public office that I need (and my family) needs to use sometimes. But I am afraid to do so now - because I am afraid of this officer harassing us again, and approaching us with other Weird requests. This is the second time that he has harassed us in this office.

I called the local Police - but they would not answer my questions about my Rights - they asked for my name and badge# of the officer then hung up on me (twice). How can I trust Internal Affairs ?

Now he has our address, while at the same time, he gave us his phone# 'so he can help us'.

I and we did not ask or want him to follow us. We did not choose to talk to him. After, his first approach to us in the office, we were afraid of him intentions, we tried to leave the office grounds quickly. But he followed us outside and detained us there also, then (we did not know) he followed us to our car, then detained us when we started the car to leave. How can we tell him to 'go away' - if he is a police officer ?

We never asked him to climb into our vehicle - and he never asked us - he simply climbed in to 'help us'. Isn't this considered an illegal Search without Warant ?

We asked him many times that we needed to leave to feed the baby at home, but he PERSISTED on keeping us there AND CLIMBING INTO our vehicle 3 different times (without asking us).

And what gives him the right to take and MANHANDLE my baby from me ? He did not even ask if he could. - He just took our baby... and I told him that he was hurting our baby ... but he did not care...

Is this normal procedure for NJ officers ??

How do we deal with this ??

1 posted on 07/05/2008 8:16:58 AM PDT by citi7321
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To: citi7321
Link? Source?


2 posted on 07/05/2008 8:19:30 AM PDT by darkwing104 (Lets get dangerous)
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To: citi7321; darkwing104

Welcome to FR. Did you join just to post this? Just curious.


3 posted on 07/05/2008 8:21:07 AM PDT by bcsco (To heck with a third party. We need a second one....)
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To: citi7321

Welcome to FR... now leave...


4 posted on 07/05/2008 8:21:22 AM PDT by killjoy (Life sucks, wear a helmet.)
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To: darkwing104

pictures?


5 posted on 07/05/2008 8:22:02 AM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: citi7321

do you have a link to the news article?


6 posted on 07/05/2008 8:22:26 AM PDT by patton (cuiquam in sua arte credendum)
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To: citi7321
You need to see a lawyer, fight fire with fire.
7 posted on 07/05/2008 8:23:53 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: citi7321

Link:
http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/4897809/detail.html


8 posted on 07/05/2008 8:25:54 AM PDT by LongElegantLegs (We are all humans, and humans poo.)
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To: citi7321

keep a video camera VERY CLOSE and fully charged

Call the state

Call the feds

Call the newspaper

call the state attorney general

Call the usual suspects who love to rip into police. You have two things going for you: Women’s rights and secual harrassment. All things the press loves.

Call FOX news too


9 posted on 07/05/2008 8:26:02 AM PDT by Mr. K (Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help)
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To: darkwing104; citi7321

Darkwing
We found the source. Looks like a legit complaint but, like always, we like it when the community finds ‘the rest of the story’.

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/4897809/detail.html

Citi, please remembe when posting articles to include the link.


10 posted on 07/05/2008 8:26:11 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: citi7321
How do we deal with this ??

Call a lawyer.

11 posted on 07/05/2008 8:27:20 AM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (Obama "King of Kings and Lord of Lords")
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To: Admin Moderator
Thanks


12 posted on 07/05/2008 8:28:01 AM PDT by darkwing104 (Lets get dangerous)
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To: citi7321

Do 6 months in jail and register as a sex offender, do 5 years of probation with a gps ankle braclet and you will be fine.


13 posted on 07/05/2008 8:28:23 AM PDT by dalereed (both)
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To: citi7321

Well first of all Sparky, based on the article this has NOTHING to do with ‘NJ’ (New Jersey you are referring to?) so what’s up with that?

As another poster said, “did you join up today just to post this stuff?”

Welcome to FR.

IBTZ.


14 posted on 07/05/2008 8:28:35 AM PDT by mkjessup (Jimmy Carter is the Skidmark in the panties of American history.)
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So, what does an incident in Colorado in 2005 have to do with this incident in NJ?


15 posted on 07/05/2008 8:28:56 AM PDT by tarawa
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To: citi7321

New Jersey is a police state. Gun owners have known this for many years.

You undoubtedly can’t trust Internal Affairs, not a bit, so it’s probably not even worth the effort to try.

Contact the FBI’s Civil Rights division. “Deprivation of Civil Rights Under Color of Law” is a federal crime.

http://www.fbi.gov/hq/cid/civilrights/civilrts.htm
http://www.fbi.gov/hq/cid/civilrights/color.htm


The FBI is the lead federal agency for investigating color of law abuses, which include acts carried out by government officials operating both within and beyond the limits of their lawful authority. Off-duty conduct may be covered if the perpetrator asserted his or her official status in some way.

During Fiscal Year 2005, the FBI investigated more than 1,100 color of law cases. Most of these crimes fall into five broad areas:

• excessive force;
• sexual assaults;
• false arrest and fabrication of evidence;
• deprivation of property; and
• failure to keep from harm.

Filing a Complaint

To file a color of law complaint, contact your local FBI office by telephone, in writing, or in person. The following information should be provided:

• all identifying information for the victim(s);
• as much identifying information as possible for the subject(s), including position, rank, and agency employed;
• date and time of incident;
• location of incident;
• names, addresses, and telephone numbers of any witness(es);
• a complete chronology of events; and
• any report numbers and charges with respect to the incident.

You may also contact the United States Attorney’s Office in your district or send a written complaint to:

Assistant Attorney General
Civil Rights Division
Criminal Section
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest
Washington, DC 20530


You may wind up the target of retributive actions from the police department, of course, which is just part and parcel of the rot pervading New Jersey government. But we’d be happy to welcome you here in New Hampshire - http://www.freestateproject.org/ - as political refugees.


16 posted on 07/05/2008 8:29:05 AM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: Admin Moderator

Look again. This article is from 2005.


17 posted on 07/05/2008 8:29:23 AM PDT by Mygirlsmom ("My advice: Quit supporting the party that is symbolized by an ass." Ted Nugent)
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To: darkwing104; Mygirlsmom

2005, wrong State.. hmmm.. maybe we should move this to ‘live chow’?


18 posted on 07/05/2008 8:32:34 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Mygirlsmom; Admin Moderator
Look again This article is from 2005

Indeed it is. The entire thread should be nuked.
19 posted on 07/05/2008 8:32:41 AM PDT by mkjessup (Jimmy Carter is the Skidmark in the panties of American history.)
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To: mkjessup

Do y’all want a cat toy?


20 posted on 07/05/2008 8:34:09 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: citi7321

Umm.. Citi?
Denver isn’t in New Jersey.


21 posted on 07/05/2008 8:34:39 AM PDT by Darksheare (Why do they call it Salad Dressing when clothes aren't in any way involved?)
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To: Admin Moderator

LOL, that’s your call Mr. Man! :)


22 posted on 07/05/2008 8:34:58 AM PDT by mkjessup (Jimmy Carter is the Skidmark in the panties of American history.)
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To: tarawa
So, what does an incident in Colorado in 2005 have to do with this incident in NJ?

Beat me to it...It's word for word. My gut feeling didn't fail me.


23 posted on 07/05/2008 8:35:12 AM PDT by darkwing104 (Lets get dangerous)
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To: citi7321

You need to shut up and lawyer up. Let your attorney do the talking.


24 posted on 07/05/2008 8:35:38 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (~ ~ FREE LAZAMATAZ! ~ ~ [Shipping and handling charges may apply.])
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To: Admin Moderator
Angror is aflutter in anticipation.
25 posted on 07/05/2008 8:35:46 AM PDT by Darksheare (Why do they call it Salad Dressing when clothes aren't in any way involved?)
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To: citi7321

As Amity Island’s Chief Brody would have said: “You’re gonna need a bigger car.”


26 posted on 07/05/2008 8:35:54 AM PDT by mass55th
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To: citi7321
Only one side of story.
27 posted on 07/05/2008 8:36:36 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Problem is, the article is from Denver Colorado 2005, not New Jersey.
*head scratch*


28 posted on 07/05/2008 8:37:11 AM PDT by Darksheare (Why do they call it Salad Dressing when clothes aren't in any way involved?)
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To: mvpel
Psst...The actual incident happened in Colorado in 2005...


29 posted on 07/05/2008 8:37:58 AM PDT by darkwing104 (Lets get dangerous)
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To: citi7321

earth to citi7321

Come in please

Over


30 posted on 07/05/2008 8:39:17 AM PDT by don-o (Have you donated to FR? If not, why not?)
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To: Darksheare; citi7321
Yah, I caught the kitty tracks after I posted. OK, my new advice is "Hold this, please:"


31 posted on 07/05/2008 8:40:32 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (~ ~ FREE LAZAMATAZ! ~ ~ [Shipping and handling charges may apply.])
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To: darkwing104

I think I may have posted a reply to the wrong thread or something. Probably need more coffee...


32 posted on 07/05/2008 8:41:42 AM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: darkwing104

Ah, I see - the NJ commentary was in post #1, which has since been removed.


33 posted on 07/05/2008 8:42:26 AM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: Slings and Arrows; citi7321

Citi forgot to notice that the article has this above it:
POSTED: 4:33 pm MDT August 25, 2005
UPDATED: 10:29 am MDT August 29, 2005

And that it isn’t New Jersey.
Wonder what the game is?


34 posted on 07/05/2008 8:42:26 AM PDT by Darksheare (Why do they call it Salad Dressing when clothes aren't in any way involved?)
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2005? A slow reader eh?


35 posted on 07/05/2008 8:42:47 AM PDT by SouthTexas (Invert the 5-4 and you have no rights.)
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To: mvpel

And no soup for you!


36 posted on 07/05/2008 8:43:06 AM PDT by don-o (Have you donated to FR? If not, why not?)
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To: citi7321; Admin Moderator; timpad; TBarnett34; MeekOneGOP; PetroniDE; Lady Jag; mhking; ...
Done...

Please let me know if you want ON or OFF my Viking Kitty/ZOT ping list!. . . don't be shy.

37 posted on 07/05/2008 8:43:06 AM PDT by darkwing104 (Lets get dangerous)
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To: Slings and Arrows
When canned food isn't enough, we bring you, "Live Chow"

38 posted on 07/05/2008 8:43:09 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Slings and Arrows; Admin Moderator
Mod's got Gravity Hammer.
39 posted on 07/05/2008 8:45:13 AM PDT by Darksheare (Why do they call it Salad Dressing when clothes aren't in any way involved?)
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To: citi7321

Urgent that you contact.

Top Priority.

CatCon 5!!


40 posted on 07/05/2008 8:45:36 AM PDT by don-o (Have you donated to FR? If not, why not?)
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To: citi7321; Admin Moderator
Actual title and date:

Nursing Mom Arrested In Case Of Mistaken Identity

Sloppy Detective Work Implicates Wrong Woman

POSTED: 4:33 pm MDT August 25, 2005

UPDATED: 10:29 am MDT August 29, 2005

A nursing mother was separated from her baby, handcuffed, and abruptly taken to jail and now, the state patrol and the Lakewood Police Department are investigating.

The mother told 7NEWS' John Ferrugia that she was terrified and humiliated by police mistakes.

It all began when the woman and her husband were pulled over during a routine traffic stop.

I doubled up kids in the back seat in belts. So they were restrained, but not properly. But ... it was my fault for not having them in there properly," said father Ricky Archuleta.

Ricky expected a ticket but was surprised when the trooper told him he couldn't even drive.

"He ran my license. He came back and said it had been rescinded for an unpaid traffic ticket. I knew I had paid the ticket," Ricky said.

The fact is, he had and the computer got it wrong. Then, the officer said Ricky's wife, Mercedes, had to drive. While the trooper checked her license, she nursed her baby in the front seat. Suddenly, the officer was at Ricky's door.

"He said, 'Take the baby from your wife.' I said, 'Why?' He goes, 'Take the baby from your wife, now,'" Ricky said.

The officer didn't explain why he wanted Mercedes out of the car, the couple said.

"I took the baby off and started to cover up a little bit. When I started to step out of the car, he just told me put my right arm in back of me," said Mercedes. "He grabbed my left arm, put it in back of me, cuffed me and then I was thrown against the car. And my kids were crying."

"She got out of the car. He just kind of shoved her against there, and her blouse is undone. And all my kids see her just up against (the car). Immediately, they're like, 'What are they doing? What are they doing to Mom?'" Ricky said.

"I turned to him and said, 'Excuse me, why am I being arrested?' And he goes, 'You need to be silent,'" Mercedes said.

"I'm in shock. The baby's screaming. The kids start crying and screaming and I don't know what to do. I actually don't know what I said. I said something and he just yelled in the car and said, 'You need to be silent,'" Ricky said.

"He said, 'There's a warrant for your arrest.' I said, 'No, there's a mistake.' I said, 'There's no warrant for my arrest ... I've never been in trouble for anything in my life,'" Mercedes said.

"He was rude. I think he was overzealous," Ricky said.

"I thought I was going to get sick. I felt like I was going to faint. I was humiliated because I was there with this stranger and here I am with my blouse undone and he didn't give me a chance to tie it up, and I was just so worried for my baby," Mercedes said.

At the Jefferson County Jail, Mercedes was strip-searched and said it became clear to officers that she didn't match the description of a suspect who had tattoos and scars. She had neither.

"(The female officer) says, 'I know this isn't you.' And I said, 'Can you call someone? Can they release me?' She said, 'Nope, I can't do that,'" Mercedes said.

Mercedes and her husband were unaware of what got her there -- sloppy work by the Lakewood Police Department. A detective had substituted the innocent woman's information for a suspect with a lengthy police record.

Lakewood Division Chief Clarene Shelley said the detective made a big mistake. She said the Lakewood detective was trying to identify a woman involved in a domestic violence issue and when the detective pulled the name, Mercedes Archuleta, on the Colorado Bureau of Investigation's crime computer, the name came up as an alias for Phyllis Rivera.

But instead of investigating whether Rivera was involved in the domestic violence dispute, the detective issued a warrant for the phony name Rivera had been using -- Mercedes Archuleta.

Shelley said the detectives never called Mercedes to ask her, 'Are you this person?' and she never checked Mercedes' address to see if it matched the address of the suspect.

What's more, the detective never pulled a photo of either person to verify identity.

"She just pulled my name up because I was the only one she could find about my age," Mercedes said.

While the police department has admitted its mistake and offered to meet with the family to apologize personally, Mercedes has declined. She said she is embarrassed and humiliated.

"If (the detective) had to spend a day in jail like I did and be scared, not knowing what's going to happen, and have her family crying and worried about her, then I think she would understand where I'm coming from," Mercedes said.

The Lakewood officer involved has been reprimanded, but not suspended.

The Colorado State Patrol has begun an internal investigation of the conduct and procedures of the trooper who made the arrest.

Meanwhile, Lakewood police and the city attorney have initiated steps to remove the arrest and any mention of the innocent woman from public records.

But clearly that has not yet been successful. Mercedes' arrest is still listed on the CBI database.

Have a comment on this story or a news tip? E-mail 7NEWS Investigators.

Copyright 2006 by TheDenverChannel.com.

Breastfeeding Mom Arrested in Mistaken Identity

41 posted on 07/05/2008 8:46:13 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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To: citi7321

Hello?
You claim this was you, and that it happened in NJ, but the article is from Colorado.
Care to ‘splain?


42 posted on 07/05/2008 8:59:22 AM PDT by Darksheare (Why do they call it Salad Dressing when clothes aren't in any way involved?)
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To: citi7321
I used to like to draw little faces on my knuckles with a black ballpoint ben. Some faces would be smiling and some would be surprised, sad or angry. Then, I would do little shows using my knuckle-faces.

It was really fun.

43 posted on 07/05/2008 8:59:25 AM PDT by Allegra (If you lived here, you'd be home by now.)
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To: Darksheare
Wonder what the game is?

Muchanhausen Syndrome Muchenhausan Syndrome Muchonhauson Syndrome being a d**k.

44 posted on 07/05/2008 8:59:35 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (~ ~ FREE LAZAMATAZ! ~ ~ [Shipping and handling charges may apply.])
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Munchhausen's!
Excellent!
45 posted on 07/05/2008 9:02:30 AM PDT by Darksheare (Why do they call it Salad Dressing when clothes aren't in any way involved?)
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To: citi7321

Having grown up in NJ, I can say that the State Police are never referred to as the State Patrol.


46 posted on 07/05/2008 9:02:43 AM PDT by appeal2 (Brilliance is typically the act of an individual, but great stupidity is reserved for the Gov't)
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To: Admin Moderator
WE'RE NOT WORTHY!
47 posted on 07/05/2008 9:03:28 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (~ ~ FREE LAZAMATAZ! ~ ~ [Shipping and handling charges may apply.])
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To: Darksheare

I gotta get me some of that.


48 posted on 07/05/2008 9:06:47 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (~ ~ FREE LAZAMATAZ! ~ ~ [Shipping and handling charges may apply.])
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To: citi7321

Post and run?


49 posted on 07/05/2008 9:08:39 AM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: citi7321
Is this normal procedure for NJ officers ?? How do we deal with this ??

**************

Counseling??

50 posted on 07/05/2008 9:08:52 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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