Skip to comments.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...
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 ??
Welcome to FR. Did you join just to post this? Just curious.
Welcome to FR... now leave...
do you have a link to the news article?
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
We found the source. Looks like a legit complaint but, like always, we like it when the community finds ‘the rest of the story’.
Citi, please remembe when posting articles to include the link.
Call a lawyer.
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.
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.
So, what does an incident in Colorado in 2005 have to do with this incident in NJ?
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.
During Fiscal Year 2005, the FBI investigated more than 1,100 color of law cases. Most of these crimes fall into five broad areas:
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
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.
Look again. This article is from 2005.
2005, wrong State.. hmmm.. maybe we should move this to ‘live chow’?
Do y’all want a cat toy?
Denver isn’t in New Jersey.
LOL, that’s your call Mr. Man! :)
Beat me to it...It's word for word. My gut feeling didn't fail me.
You need to shut up and lawyer up. Let your attorney do the talking.
As Amity Island’s Chief Brody would have said: “You’re gonna need a bigger car.”
Problem is, the article is from Denver Colorado 2005, not New Jersey.
earth to citi7321
Come in please
I think I may have posted a reply to the wrong thread or something. Probably need more coffee...
Ah, I see - the NJ commentary was in post #1, which has since been removed.
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?
2005? A slow reader eh?
And no soup for you!
Please let me know if you want ON or OFF my Viking Kitty/ZOT ping list!. . . don't be shy.
Urgent that you contact.
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.
You claim this was you, and that it happened in NJ, but the article is from Colorado.
Care to ‘splain?
It was really fun.
Muchanhausen Syndrome Muchenhausan Syndrome Muchonhauson Syndrome being a d**k.
Having grown up in NJ, I can say that the State Police are never referred to as the State Patrol.
I gotta get me some of that.
Post and run?