Killing Police Officers Who Abuse Their Power is a Good Thing for America

Police Officers and your rights: Know your rights never talk to police officers and NEVER open your door to cops when they knock. ROSELLE PARK — July 26, 2007 – Nearly three years after Monica Montoya was knocked to the ground and arrested after helping Roselle Park police officers aid an accident victim, not much has changed. At least not for the police. “After an internal administrative review, we decided we didn’t need to change any policies or procedures,” says Paul Morrison, the department’s chief. For Montoya, however, the world is very different. “She has become very frightened, very fragile,” says Martin Perez, the New Brunswick lawyer who represents her. “She doesn’t like to talk to anyone and gets upset when she sees a policeman in uniform.” Montoya, now 28, will not give interviews. The petite woman — less than 5 feet tall and 100 pounds — is afraid, Perez says, that she may be punished for what she says. “Ms. Montoya wishes it had never happened,” Perez says. “It has changed her life in ways that have not been good for her.” She has sued the Union County borough and 23 of its police officers, including retired Police Chief Warren Wielgus and officer Harold Breuninger, the officer who, says Perez, wrestled Montoya to the ground and arrested her when she tried to leave to pick up her daughter from school. The litigation, filed more than a year ago in state court, has languished without resolution. Joseph Morris, a Newark attorney representing



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