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Internal Affairs Complaint against Edison Police Officers

Police Accountability Project of the
New Jersey Libertarian Party

March 1, 2017

Sgt. Theodore Hamer
Internal Affairs Unit
Edison Township Police Department
(Via Fax to 732-248-7464)

Dear Sergeant Hamer:

I chair the New Jersey Libertarian Party’s Police Accountability Project and ask that you accept this letter as our Internal Affairs complaint.  We would like your agency to investigate the actions of Sergeant Michael Mintchwarner and Officers Christian Pedana, Christopher Teleposky and Timothy Farrell regarding an April 30, 2013 warrantless search at the Lexington Inn Hotel.

According to a March 1, 2017 Appellate Division opinion, the warrantless search of Korey Reeves’ hotel room “was in violation of the search warrant requirement as unexcused by exigent circumstances.”  As a result of the court’s finding, 890 bundles of heroin were suppressed and Reeves’ conviction for charges arising out the April 30, 2013 event were reversed.

If these officers, despite having received adequate training and direction regarding searches, decided to ignore their training, we ask that you discipline them. Otherwise, we ask that your department review and supplement your training requirements in this area of the law.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Very truly yours,

John Paff, Chairman
New Jersey Libertarian Party
Police Accountability Project
Email: paff@pobox.com

 –Subsequent action

03/01/17 – Complaint acknowledged. Click here.
08/23/17 – Mintchwarner exonerated. Click here.
08/24/17 – Explanatory letter from IA Unit.  Click here.

By John Paff

Chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project