At issue is a December 4, 2013, 1:20 p.m. fatal shooting of Dixon Rodriguez, 32, by Perth Amboy Police Officers Rafael A. Puntiel and Gina Fontan. According to the officers, Rodriguez attacked Fontan with a knife. The MCPO later cleared both officers, claiming that a video, taken from a surveillance camera at a nearby grocery store, supported the officers’ version of the shooting. Dixon’s family filed a lawsuit in 2014 claiming that police planted the knife on Dixon’s body.
Schmidt’s lawsuit, brief and other filings are on-line here. A court date has not yet been scheduled.