31 Dec 2014

Officer involved in 47 out of 137 incidents involving use of force. The department staffs 125.

A resident’s lawsuit accusing two Bloomfield police officers of assaulting a prisoner has been transferred to federal court, based on a motion by the defense.

Plaintiff Rodolfo Crespo filed suit in September, naming Bloomfield Offcs. Jennifer Horn and Orlando Trinidad, as in addition to the township, regarding a 2013 incident following his arrest at the scene of a single vehicle accident on JFK Drive.

Crespo claims the officers assaulted him after he was taken to police headquarters in handcuffs, and that he sustained multiple injuries including "a large laceration to his right ear, which had to be sewn back on."

A separate police brutality lawsuit, also involving Trinidad, was transferred to federal court in September. In a June 2012 case, Marcus Jeter had criminal charges against him dropped after doubt was cast on whether he was resisting arrest.
Tracey Hinson, attorney for both Crespo and Jeter, said the defense has the option to have the case heard in federal court because the matter relates to federal constitutional rights.
"As long as defendants meet the criteria for removal, cases are routinely removed from state court to federal court if a federal question is involved such as the violation of my clients’ Constitutional rights," said Hinson.

Alan Baratz, the attorney who represents the officers and the township in both cases, did not return calls for comment.
In relation to Jeter’s arrest, Trinidad and officer Sean Courter face indictments for conspiracy, official misconduct, falsifying or tampering records, and false swearing, and both have been suspended without pay.

A third officer, Albert Sutterlin, was also at the scene of Jeter’s arrest. He pleaded guilty in October last year to tampering with records and took early retirement.
Of the 137 incidents involving use of force by Bloomfield cops in the last decade, 47 involved Trinidad and nine involved Horn, according to Hinson. The department staffs 125.
Hinson moved to counter claims by the defense that Crespo was intoxicated on the night he had to be transported from the police station to the hospital.


  1. And they wonder why people shoot at them. If the cops would police their own, instead of getting their backs up against the blue line, life would be better for everyone. As long as the unions continue to protect the real gangsters, nothing will change for the better.

  2. It's a crying shame that a badge can change a decent person into an animal.