Weehawken settles elderly woman’s police brutality suit for $75k

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The Township of Weehawken settled an elderly woman’s police brutality lawsuit for $75,000 back in August, where the accused officer is contributing $5,000 out of his pocket. Weehawken police

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

In a 13-count federal lawsuit filed on January 20th, 2016, Weehawken resident Maria Tullo, 65 at the time, alleges that Police Officer Robert Jacobson infringed on her property and called her a “b****,” a “guinea c***,” and other vulgar names.

The incident, which allegedly occurred on April 25th, 2014 around 8 a.m., escalated to the point where Tullo was repeatedly struck, beaten and choked her before a neighbor called the police, the lawsuit says.

Police Sgt. Conrad Hablitz, Office Randy Hablitz, Officer Christopher Majewski and Officer Edward Vion then arrived at the scene around 8:15 a.m., who are then accused of detaining Tullo without probably cause.

“As a result of this incident, Plaintiff Maria Tullo sustained serious and permanent injuries as well as psychological and emotional trauma, fear and humiliation,” the suit says.

“She has suffered permanent damages due to the discriminatory acts and unlawful conduct of the Defendants mentioned herein.”

Through the suit, Tullo also alleged that she tried to file complaints against Jacobson with Weehawken police on at least four separate occasions, but city and police officials turned her away.

Furthermore, Tullo claimed that Jacobson had previously been indicted on assault charges in February 2000.

As a result of the alleged situation, Tullo said her civil rights were violated, and that she was a victim of assault and battery/excessive force, conspiracy, malicious prosecution, negligence, negligent supervision and a respondeat superior.

The settlement, in which none of the defendants admit any wrongdoing and also carries a confidentiality clause, says that Tullo will received $70,000 from the township’s insurance carrier and $5,000 to be paid for by Jacobson personally.

The court documents came to light on Friday after John Paff, Chairman of the Libertarian Party’s Open Government Advocacy Project, published them on his blog.

Jacqueline Ramirez, Tullo’s Fort Lee attorney in the case, could not immediately be reached for comment.

1 COMMENT

  1. This is a horrible Alleged crime. I’m no saint, but I also don’t carry a gun and a badge. I hope this officer gets the help he needs. I hope the younger more principled officers who still remember their oath, step up and do the right thing. If something happens down the line , you can’t say you didn’t see it coming, God forbid.

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