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Old 03-29-2011, 05:45 AM
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FT Lee police lock teens in freezing van overnight

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A group of teens who were attending a Fort Lee, NJ house party over the weekend were put in a police van by officers busting the fabulous fete and then just... forgotten about. The kids were only let out, after a miserable twelve hours, because a passerby heard them screaming and banging on the windows.

The Bergen County prosecutor's office says that an internal investigation is underway.
http://gawker.com/#!5786530/police-a...n-for-12-hours
I'm sure this was all just an accident and not a case of the police deciding to "teach these kids a lesson".
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Old 03-29-2011, 07:22 AM
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Re: FT Lee police lock teens in freezing van overnight

14 hrs in the cold w no water, no bathroom and no way to let their parents know where they were.

Either the Ft Lee police are incompetent or they are criminals who violated the civil rights of these kids.

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Police who busted a Fort Lee, N.J., high school house party over the weekend left a van full of teens locked up and parked outside in the freezing cold for 14 hours without food, water or access to a bathroom.

Officials only realized what had happened after a passerby heard screams and banging from the police van where five teens were trapped, NBC New York has learned.

"We were cold, dehydrated, hungry," said Tony, 17. "I mean it was the worst thing that ever possibly happened to me."

Police raided the house party at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday because of noise complaints from neighbors, according to Fort Lee borough attorney Lee Cohen.

Several kids were rounded up and driven away in the van. Then, as temperatures dropped into the 20s and 30s, they were forgotten.

Three of the teens spoke to NBC New York on Monday, on condition that their last names would not be used.

They said they tried breaking out of the van, banging and kicking its doors to no avail. They pressed up together to stay warm against the cold, as their parents wondered where they were.

"We had to huddle up together and just share body heat pretty much," said another boy, Liam.

And without anywhere to relieve themselves, they had to urinate inside the van.

Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said an internal investigation has been launched within the Fort Lee police department.

Cohen, the Fort Lee borough attorney, declined to comment on the teens left outside, other than to say the case is under "active investigation."

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Between this and their crosswalk entrapment scam up by Hudson Terrace, the Ft Lee police are a bad joke perpetrated on the people of this community.
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Old 03-29-2011, 08:12 AM
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Re: FT Lee police lock teens in freezing van overnight

I think this qualifies as cruel and unusual punishment.
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I think this qualifies as cruel and unusual punishment.
but worse than that, as far as I can tell, they were not even charged with a crime, so what was the punishment for?
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good point.
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Re: FT Lee police lock teens in freezing van overnight

What's the "crosswalk entrapment scam up by Hudson Terrace?"
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What's the "crosswalk entrapment scam up by Hudson Terrace?"
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There should be, or I wonder if there is, a phone app for entrapment! I know they already have them for sobriety checkpoints, speed traps + red light cameras.
I just have a cheap Tracfone, though, that does nothing.
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Nearly a dozen Fort Lee police officers have been disciplined after five teenagers were left locked for hours in a police van in northern New Jersey.

The boys were among a group of 20 who were rounded up in Fort Lee after neighbors complained about a loud house party in March. NBC New York broke the story in March.

The van was parked at police headquarters and the teens said they were "stranded'' for more than 14 hours with no food, water or cellphones. The boys said they were released after an officer heard them making noise.

Mayor Mark Sokolich told The Record newspaper Police Chief Thomas Ripoli determined the incident was "human error.'' The officers were reprimanded through demotion, suspension without pay or a combination of the two.

Hours after NBC New York reported the story in March, the borough suspended three officers for the involvement in the debacle.
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"Human error"....riiiiiight
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I just have a cheap Tracfone, though, that does nothing.
Virgin Mobile has a number of reasonable (to me) smartphones and plans.
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Virgin Mobile has a number of reasonable (to me) smartphones and plans.


Thanks, Mike! I'll look into it!
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The three teenage boys who were locked overnight in a police van in freezing temperatures two years ago have settled with the borough and will receive $120,000 each under the agreement.
http://www.northjersey.com/news/2374...ettlement.html
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