A POLICE UNION WRITES: In response to a recent newspaper article, we must clarify a misunderstanding. It has been questioned why Sgt. Jose A. Brito was permitted to work outside of his assigned administrative duty following the tragic events of Dec. 10, 2011.
The answer is found in our labor contract, which permits him to work off-duty details. Also, under departmental guidelines, a Garfield police officer must carry his or her service weapon whenever working those jobs.
Garfield PBA Local #46 feels that Sgt. Brito, who has been placed on administrative duty since the tragic incident, has been unfairly singled out, unjustly disparaged and wrongfully convicted by members of the United Residents of Garfield Engaging Neighborhood Transformation (URGENT).
All of our members have been and will continue to support our brother officer during these most difficult times.
We concur with remarks made by Police Chief Kevin Amos at this past Tuesday’s City Council meeting and stand united. We take pride in being recognized by him as being among the finest police departments in all of New Jersey.
We ask our community to be patient and to allow the investigation of this incident to work its way through the system before rushing to judgment.
Meanwhile, you continue to have the iron-clad promise of Garfield PBA Local #46 to do our very best to maintain a secure and safer Garfield.
President Pedro Gongora , Garfield PBA Local #46
State Delegate Everett Garnto Jr.
The Members of Garfield PBA Local #46
Thursday, 08 March 2012 15:46 Jerry DeMarco
YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli took the unusual step this afternoon of announcing that a man killed in a police shooting wasn’t shot in the back, and that one bullet wound, not two, was found. READ MORE….
Friday, 20 January 2012 16:12 Jerry DeMarco
EXCLUSIVE: Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said he warned a community activist demanding answers in the shooting death of a Garfield teen in writing that he risked arrest if he came to county offices unannounced and refused to leave — which is what happened earlier today. CLIFFVIEW PILOT has obtained a copy of the warning letter sent by the prosecutor: READ MORE….
Friday, 20 January 2012 13:57 Jerry DeMarco
YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Prosecutor John L. Molinelli accused The Bergen Record newspaper and an activist protesting the police shooting death of a Garfield escapee of “trying to MAKE news and not REPORT it” by showing up unannounced Friday and refusing to leave a private area of his office. READ MORE….
Friday, 13 January 2012 20:24 Jerry DeMarco
ONLY ON CLIFFVIEW PILOT: Police throughout Bergen County will be on alert and ready to mobilize if trouble breaks out at either of two separate Saturday rallies protesting the police shooting death of a 19-year-old Garfield man, CLIFFVIEW PILOT has learned. READ MORE….
Sunday, 11 December 2011 16:39 Jerry DeMarco
YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli this afternoon confirmed a CLIFFVIEW PILOT report from last night that 19-year-old Malik Williams of Garfield was hiding in a garage after escaping from police custody and charged two officers with tools from inside when they shot him dead late yesterday afternoon. READ MORE….
Saturday, 10 December 2011 18:18 Jerry DeMarco
ONLY ON CLIFFVIEW PILOT: A 19-year-old escaped prisoner, was shot dead by police as he swung a pair of tools at them in a Garfield garage where he had barricaded himself, a law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the incident told CLIFFVIEW PILOT . Several sources in Garfield identified him as Malik Williams. READ MORE….
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