Friday, February 5, 2016
Judge dismisses charges against many named in '3-Percenters' lawsuit
A retired Jersey City police officer who sued the city last year alleging a clique of cops intimidated and harassed older officers suffered a blow in court when a judge dismissed charges against most of defendants named in the suit. Francis DeFazio, the retired officer, filed a whistle-blower suit in April 2014 against Jersey City, Public Safety Director James Shea, former police chiefs Tom Comey and Robert Cowan, and eight other police officials, saying he was transferred from the Emergency Services Unit because of his complaints of harassment and intimidation from an anti-government clique operating inside the ESU. On Jan. 20, Hudson County Superior Court Judge Francis B. Schultz dismissed the whistle-blower claims entirely. Three other counts — alleging the defendants violated state discrimination laws and inflicted emotional duress — were tossed for all but three defendants: Jersey City, Clyde Banks and Thomas Johnston.