A Bayonne police officer’s lawsuit that alleged retaliation after being suspected of reporting misconduct by his superiors was dismissed earlier this month.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
A three-count lawsuit filed in Hudson County Superior Court in July alleged that Mena-Ramos was denied a departmental hearing for a four-day suspension, that his civil rights were violated, along with New Jersey’s constitution all for being suspected of reporting his superiors of drunken driving after a monthly union meeting, as HCV first reported.
The City of Bayonne, Police Chief Robert Geisler, City Clerk Madelene Medina, and four John Does were named as defendants.
“During their conversation, the concerned officer stated that he found out that there was a complaint filed against Lt. Kubert and that Plaintiff EDUARDO MENA-RAMOS was the person ‘they’ thought filed the complaint,” the lawsuit said.
“The concerned officer also added that the complaint was regarding drinking and driving at the CG during the SOA meeting.”
Hudson County Superior Court Judge Joseph Turula granted an order to dismiss on behalf of the plaintiffs, with count one dismissed with prejudice and the other two without prejudice.
Therefore, counts two and three, related to retaliation for the complaint filed against Kubert and the state constitution, could be amended and refiled in superior court, while the first count related to his department hearing could only be taken up with the appellate division.
Counsel for Mena-Ramos could not be reached at his office on Wednesday.