Stand4Keith & Fight Police Tyranny in NJ
$18,964 of $26.5k goal
" not only will I sue, I will make sure that it is never possible for something like this to happen in NJ ever again." part of a message from Keith sent 2/6/2013 from Hudson County Correctional Center where he is being wrongfully detained.
This is my friend Keith who was wrongfully arrested in his home without warrant or probable cause by the NJ Police department!!!
"The charges are unlawful possession of my 2 handguns, unlawful possession of my rifle, unlawful possession of my ammo and felony possession of an assault rifle. The cops claimed the third floor tenant called because he did not have heat in his apt, and the boiler just happened to be in my apartment. I don't know what the landlord told him.
They had no warrant nor did they have my consent.They did not Mirandize me until after 15 hours of no sleep, no food and no water."
They did not ask him about his receipts, or legality, they're weren't even let into the apartment by him or with his knowledge WHILE HE WAS AT HOME!!!! They didn't knock, the landlord just let the police walk in. The police searched his room when they suspected he was hiding something, found his weapon, and arrested him. As of last night he was moved into the inmate population and now, this law abiding citizen who has never been to jail, did everything he was supposed to do growing up, staying out of trouble, going to college, protesting and speaking out for our Civil Rights and liberties, acquiring and maintaining a professional career in computers at a lucrative establishment, and giving back to the community by tutoring kids and sharing his theatrical talents, now sits among hardened criminals, repeat offenders who have done nothing but take away from society. The very population whom he has worked so hard to make sure we keep our rights to bear arms to protect ourselves from, is now the community that surrounds him. WE MUST GET HIM OUT OF THERE!!!! He needs an attorney fast and he needs bail or bond ($75,000 or 10% of that). Please donate whatever, whenever, and as often as you can to help us meet our goal. Thank you everyone for your continued prayers and support.
The Court found that the officers' testimony "simply did not have a ring of truthfulness to it."
The Court struck down every exemption to the warrant requirement that the State contended --
The Court struck down "emergency aid," finding "No testimony that [the upstairs neighbor] required immediate assistance" and "no immediate risk to [the upstairs neighbor's] safety that would justify a warrantless entry or search of Defendant's apartment."
The Court struck down "exigency," finding "Under these circumstances, I cannot find an objectively reasonable emergency that would vindicate or support the Officers' warrantless entry. No exigency existed on the night in question that would justify the entry into Defendant's apartment, at 10:30pm on a weekday night, to examine the heating unit."
The Court found that Pantaleon never consented to a search of his apartment, and that the landlord did not have authority to allow officers entry into Pantaleon's apartment.
Lastly, the Court struck down the State's contention that "plain view" applied, as the Officers were not in a permissible vantage point to view Pantaleon in the first instance, and that, even if they had been, nothing was "'immediately apparent' to the Officer that was contraband or evidence of a crime.
Furthermore, an Officer inexcusably moved an item in Pantaleon's bedroom in order to better view what was inside."
After the next court date on February 10th we will know what will happen next. Again we are praying for a dismissal so that we can move forward and pursue the civil case against these officers and the police department. Your prayers and continues support are much appreciated :-)
SO glad for the good news! Been following you since day one. What an absolute shame that this happened to begin with, but even more so that it took a year of your life from you. I'll still continue to pray for you and Keith, that this will not only bring awareness, but also help others.
This latest update is huge!! This is AWESOME.... now I hope he can really teach them a lesion civilly!!
I have also forwarded this story and webpages regarding this story to the NRA in hopes of support.
HCPO (Hudson County Prosecutor's Office) - (201) 795-6400 JCPD (Jersey City Department of Police) - (201) 547-5300 Just for the sake of anyone looking to provide some constructive feedback regarding oversight, rule of law, discretion, and conscience.
We are with you Keith! Stand up for your rights!
Wow...and Chris Christie is not beating down the doors at the police station to personally fire those officers? What is wrong with this country anymore?
I would pack my bags and move from NJ to Texas as fast as I could.
I have submitted your story to the NRA. But don't hesitate to contact them yourself.
As an ex-LEO, I see this as a clear violation of the 4th Amendment. There wasn't probable cause to search, there wasn't a search warrant issued, there were no signs of anything that needed immediate action by law enforcement. IMHO (and I am not a lawyer), you have a very actionable cause. Sue their as**es for all they are worth.
Also contact your local gun rights groups such as (from my Google search) The New Jersey Coallition for Self-Defense www.njcsd.org or other gun-rights groups.
Contact the NRA-ILA at https://www.nraila.org/secure/contact-us.aspx They may want to get involved on your behalf. That's why I not only joined, but have upgraded to Life member.
PLEASE DONATE TODAY,TOMORROW, WHENEVER AND WHATEVER YOU CAN! THANKS!!!!