Letter to PANYNJ Director and Board of Comissioners regarding flights to Cuba.

February 17, 2016

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Corporate Offices
4 World Trade Center
150 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10007

RE: UNITED AIRLINES INTENT TO USE PANYNJ FACILITIES IN NY AND NJ FOR FLIGHTS TO CUBA

Dear Executive Director Foye and the Board of Commissioners:

DATELINE: ” CHICAGO, Feb. 16, 2016 — United Airlines today applauded the historic signing by representatives of the United States and Cuba governments of a formal arrangement to reinstitute air service between the two countries. United intends to apply to offer service between some of its global gateways and Havana through the Department of Transportation ‘s pending route case. Assuming service is approved, United customers will benefit from United’s expanded global route network and new opportunities for leisure and business travel to Cuba. 

I write this letter with great concern that among all of this grand business and economic talk of the advantages to improved relations with the Castro regime, that the fact being lost in the discussion is that to this day, the Cuban government gives safe haven to dozens and dozens of fugitives from U.S. justice. It appears to me that these fugitive offenders are of no consequence to the White House and business leadership here at home, and that only potential huge profits and the salivating of big revenue by corporate leadership and stockholders is the priority. I need to remind all that NJ/US fugitive from justice Joanne Chesimardwho is convicted of the murder of NJ State Trooper Werner Foerster on the NJ Turnpike in 1973is being harbored in Cuba by the Castro regime, and that all discussions of her return to the US, along with the other fugitives, have fallen on deaf ears. All I keep hearing from officials at the local and national level is that Cuba doesn’ t want to discuss her return, that it’ s off the table, and basically, it’ s all about the money and economy for all concerned.

We strongly oppose any request or approval of United Airlines, or any other airline, a permit to use NJ Port Authority airports to fly back and forth to a country, such as Cuba, that has openly slapped all Americans in the face with their policy of keeping US fugitives away and safe from the reach of US justice.

We respectfully request that you take this letter and our position into consideration on this matter, and we thank you in advance for your time. I am available for additional comments and/or answers to any questions that may arise.

Very Truly Yours,

Christopher J Burgos

President
State Troopers Fraternal Association of NJ, Inc.
2634 Highway 70
Manasquan, NJ 08736
www.stfa.org
Ph/732-528-6388
Fx/732-223-4947
President@stfa.org

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Cc: NJ Office of the Governor
Cc: NY Office of the Governor

Letter to PANYNJ Director and Board of Comissioners regarding flights to Cuba.

NTC Letter to Pepsie CEO regarding Super Bowl 50 half-time show.

February 17, 2016

Mrs. Indra Nooyi
Chairman and Chief Executive Offlicer of PepsiCo Inc
700 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577

Dear Chairman Nooyi:

I am writing on behalf of the National Troopers Coalition, which represents the nation’s 45,000 State Troopers about the poor decision by the National Football League to air a pro-Black Panther, anti-law enforcement protest as part of its halftime show during Super Bowl 50.

It is well-documented the violence suffered by police officers at the hands of armed members of the Black Panthers during the 60s, 70s and 80s. In recent years, calls by various hate groups were made to take violent action against police officers. And today, our Troopers and other members of law enforcement are being brutally murdered for simply wearing their uniforms. In 2014, according to FBI records, over 48,000 law enforcement officers were assaulted and 51 officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty. These officers were carrying out their sworn duty to protect the public, but instead were killed responding to disturbance calls, attempting to arrest criminals, during traffic stops and, mostly horrifically, in premeditated ambushes, including two members of the New York Police Department, who were sitting in their parked cruiser when a man walked up and fatally shot them both.

This is why we find it puzzling and shameful that the NFL would provide a world-wide stage to highlight a movement that emphasizes violence against law enforcement. These are the same men and women in uniform who stood on the sidelines protecting the players, coaches, performers and all other personnel involved in safely executing Super Bowl 50 and every NFL game leading up to it. We found your pro-Black Panther half time performance to be dishonorable and offensive.

At this time, we ask that you issue a public apology to the nation’s law enforcement for your reprehensible half time show and the violence it promoted.

Respectfully,

Andrew Matthews, Esq.
Chairman

NTC Letter to Pepsie CEO regarding Super Bowl 50 half-time show.

NTC Letter to NFL Commissioner Goodell regarding Super Bowl 50 half-time show.

February 17, 2016

Roger Goodell
Commissioner
National Football League
345 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10154

Dear Commissioner Goodell:

I am writing on behalf of the National Troopers Coalition, which represents the nation’s 45,000 State Troopers about the poor decision by the National Football League to air a pro-Black Panther, anti-law enforcement protest as part of its halftime show during Super Bowl 50.

It is well-documented the violence suffered by police officers at the hands of armed members of the Black Panthers during the 60s, 70s and 80s. In recent years, calls by various hate groups were made to take violent action against police officers. And today, our Troopers and other members of law enforcement are being brutally murdered for simply wearing their uniforms. In 2014, according to FBI records, over 48,000 law enforcement officers were assaulted and 51 officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty. These officers were carrying out their sworn duty to protect the public, but instead were killed responding to disturbance calls, attempting to arrest criminals, during traffic stops and, mostly horrifically, in premeditated ambushes, including two members of the New York Police Department, who were sitting in their parked cruiser when a man walked up and fatally shot them both.

This is why we find it puzzling and shameful that the NFL would provide a world-wide stage to highlight a movement that emphasizes violence against law enforcement. These are the same men and women in uniform who stood on the sidelines protecting the players, coaches, performers and all other personnel involved in safely executing Super Bowl 50 and every NFL game leading up to it. We found your pro-Black Panther half time performance to be dishonorable and offensive.

At this time, we ask that you issue a public apology to the nation’s law enforcement for your reprehensible half time show and the violence it promoted.

Respectfully,

Andrew Matthews, Esq.
Chairman

NTC Letter to NFL Commissioner Goodell regarding Super Bowl 50 half-time show.

NJ State Troopers Associations strongly support the nomination of Bergen Co. Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal for Attorney General

NJ Troopers Assoc. (@STFA_NJ) tweeted at 11:34 AM on Tue, Dec 12, 2017:
The NJ State Troopers Associations strongly support the nomination of Bergen Co. Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal for Attorney General. Prosecutor Grewal’s professionalism, record of accomplishments, knowledge & experience bring a highly qualified nominee to lead the NJ Dept of L&PS
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Chris J Burgos
President

NJ State Troopers Associations strongly support the nomination of Bergen Co. Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal for Attorney General

Unscrupulous Police Group Telemarketers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – PROBLEMATIC CHARITY TELEMARKETING PRACTICES CONTACT: CHRISTOPHER J. BURGOS, PRESIDENT, STATE TROOPERS FRATERNAL ASSOCIATION OF NJ

PHONE: 732-528-6388 EMAIL: PRESIDENT@STFA.ORG

Telemarketing attempts to coerce donations is shameful…

We continue to receive information that a number of misrepresentations, questionable practices and tactics used to solicit funds by so-called “police defense”, “police foundation” and “trooper coalition” groups are ongoing.

We DO NOT solicit funds from the public, we NEVER have, we NEVER will.

Please use sound judgment and request information to be mailed to you so that you can review the request for any donation, and exactly where the funds are going for any “charitable” causes, before you make any decision to contribute.

Request to see the financial reports of the telemarketing firm and the charity they represent… (They will probably hang up on you at that point of the conversation).

Please file a complaint with the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs here and the Better Business Bureau here if you feel harassed, or forced in any way by promise or threat that a “donation” is required in any way.

Please call us at 732-528-6388 if you have any questions of anyone making representations that they are soliciting donations for any “state trooper” group. We want to know and we will follow up accordingly.

Unscrupulous Police Group Telemarketers

NJ Move-Over Law

NJ Move-Over Law

17 August 2015: STFA’s Statement on August 7, 2015 Trenton Shooting

JOINT PRESS RELEASE WITH THE NEW JERSEY STATE TROOPERS’ FRATERNAL ASSOCIATION.

This office represents the unnamed trooper involved in the shooting of a 14 year old youth in Trenton, N.J. on August 7, 2015. The event took place near the intersection of Calhoun Street and Louise Lane and the youth was identified as Radazz Hearns. Remarks made by elected officials and the family attorney for Radazz Hearns concerning the shooting incident on August 7, 2015 have been gratuitous, inflammatory and dangerous. The actions of the Trooper and Mercer County Sheriff’s officer involved in that shooting are completely justified. Simply put, you cannot threaten law enforcement officers with a gun and not expect that something bad will happen to you.

The Trooper and Sheriff’s officer involved in the shooting are part of a specially formed task force (Targeted Integrated Deployment Effort – T.I.D.E.) which was formed at the direction of the attorney general to stem the tide of violent crime in Trenton, including the daily, endless shootings that occur in that city. Gunfire in Trenton is so rampant that shotspotters, a system designed to immediately alert police of gunfire and its specific location, have been placed throughout areas of the city which have been determined as being the most dangerous for violent crime, street gangs, and shootings.

For the past three years, troopers and other law enforcement officers assigned to the

T.I.D.E. initiative have performed spectacularly while impacting the crime ridden areas of Trenton, clearly improving the quality of life and safety of the law abiding people who reside amongst the thugs who engage in a wide range of criminal acts, including drug dealing, assaults and murders. These dedicated law enforcement officers leave their families daily and place their lives on the line as they confront the hardened and dangerous criminals that bring nothing but terror to the good citizens of Trenton.

The efforts of the courageous officers assigned to this special unit have yielded amazing results, effectuating hundreds of arrests from as many investigations for an array of criminal activities including drug possession, drug distribution, weapons possession and other violent crimes. They have also removed over a hundred firearms from the streets of Trenton; firearms that could potentially have harmed innocent civilians. The officers’ work has been recognized by the Attorney General, the upper commands of their respective agencies, as well as the Mayor of Trenton, who personally congratulated the members of this unique crime fighting unit for their outstanding work and for keeping the citizens of Trenton safe.

As you can imagine, operating in such a volatile criminal atmosphere does not come without the threat of potential deadly force incidents. Members of the T.I.D.E. initiative have shown incredible restraint while defusing potential deadly force incidents. Their commitment to the safety of the citizens of Trenton, as well as their professionalism, never wavered, even in the face of extreme danger such as being shot at and assaulted.

Therefore, it is inconceivable that elected officials and others have adopted a narrative used nationally to impugn the reputation of these fine officers. In less than one week after an investigation into the shooting on August 7th commenced, community leaders and elected officials met at what can easily be deemed a rally for Radazz Hearns. Comments such as stating that the nation’s trust in police and the criminal justice system have been shaken from unexplained and unnecessary deaths due to interactions with law enforcement from Congresswoman Bonnie Watson-Coleman were obviously made to undermine the investigation of the shooting and cast the officers involved in a negative light. Additionally, Congresswoman Watson-Coleman’s statement that cases like this should be handled quickly and decisively as in the case of an officer in Cincinnati who was arrested and charged with shooting an unarmed individual, clearly suggests that the trooper and sheriff’s officer in this case are guilty of a criminal act without referencing a single fact to support that innuendo. Such remarks by a public official and community leader are divisive and can only serve to stoke the fires of discontent and surely lead to civil disobedience. In short, they are utterly irresponsible.

The ineptness of Congresswoman Watson-Coleman’s remarks is clearly reflected by her references of what occurred in Ferguson and Baltimore as an example of what to be concerned about in this instance. After a long and thorough investigation by both the St. Louis County District Attorney’s office and the U.S. Department of Justice, the officer involved in the Ferguson shooting was cleared of any criminal act, and all of the inflammatory remarks about him were debunked, especially the “hands-up, don’t shoot” statements. The case against the Baltimore police officers, which was brought about in a “swift” investigation is swiftly unravelling. Congresswoman Watson-Coleman would best serve her constituency if she endorsed the process as implemented by the attorney general instead of making gratuitous remarks while demanding that the federal government supercede the investigation. Making such a demand only days after the investigation began serves only to undermine the integrity of the attorney general’s office which, itself, creates an atmosphere of distrust.

More inflammatory, however, are the statements made by the Hearns family attorney, Samuel Anyan, Jr. To state that the officers were “trying to execute a 14 year old boy” goes well beyond all concepts of proper decorum and decency. One would expect to hear such words from a radical revolutionary bent on mass civil disobedience and destruction instead of hearing it from a learned professional who should practice within the bounds of good form.

While it is important to conduct a thorough investigation into the shooting that occurred on August 7, 2015, in view of all of the questions made of the officers’ actions in that incident, I find it striking that nobody inquired about why a 14 year old youth was out on the street late at night. It appears that community leaders, including elected officials, are more concerned about impugning law enforcement officers without a shred of evidence than focusing on the conditions of neighborhoods where street gang violence is prevalent.

The trooper and sheriff’s officer involved in the shooting of Radazz Hearns acted within the strict requirements of the attorney general guidelines which govern the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers. I am certain that the facts of this case will bear that result. The officers were in fear of imminent and deadly harm from a 14 year old youth who was in possession of a firearm.

Robert A. Ebberup, Esq., Attorney for Unnamed Trooper

Christopher Burgos, President, New Jersey State Trooper’s Fraternal Association

17 August 2015: STFA’s Statement on August 7, 2015 Trenton Shooting

1 November 2012: NJ State Troopers Deployed At Shore

NEW JERSEY STATE TROOPERS DEPLOYED AT SHORE TO PROVIDE ENHANCED SECURITY IN THE WAKE OF STORM

TRENTON, NJ — The Christie Administration today announced that the New Jersey State Police will be deploying troopers to the barrier islands that were hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy to work with local and county agencies to ensure safety and security for those Shore communities.

The State Police will provide an enhanced law enforcement presence to protect the property of residents and merchants against potential looting or other crimes, while also providing additional resources and personnel if needed for any rescue and recovery operations.

“As New Jersey continues to recover from this unprecedented disaster, many homes remain unsafe for habitation due to electric outages and property damage, particularly on the barrier islands,” said Governor Christie. “A general state of emergency declaration continues, and local evacuations and curfew orders remain in effect. Property owners who are prevented from returning home should know that troopers and other police are on alert for individuals breaking curfews.”

Attorney General Jeff Chiesa promised that anyone who engages in looting will face serious penalties.

“Anyone who would further victimize the people suffering from this storm deserve the maximum punishment allowed by the law,” Attorney General Chiesa said. “We want those hardest hit by Sandy to know that there is an increased police presence in these Shore communities and that we will be vigilant with respect to their homes and businesses while they are forced to remain inland for their safety. At this time, fortunately, we have not received reports of any extensive looting.”

Members of the public who witness potential looters should call 911 with as much descriptive information as possible. Do not approach suspected thieves, but leave the apprehension to police.

Nearly 30 detectives from the Division of Criminal Justice have been involved in conducting security patrols in Monmouth County over the past 24 hours.

The New Jersey State Police, local police and county agencies have been engaged in preparation, rescue and recovery efforts since well before the onset of Sandy. Many first responders have been put their personal and family needs on hold to selflessly serve the citizens of our state.

Their efforts have resulted in large numbers of rescues, thousands of residents sheltered, and roadways re-opened.

“Communities are pulling together in impressive ways. Homeowners should continue to watch out for each other’s safety and property. Check on your neighbors especially the elderly or those with special needs,” said Colonel Rick Fuentes, Director of the State Office of Emergency Management and Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.

Additionally, Fuentes advises residents to use common sense when it comes to heating, cooking and lighting during electric outages, offering the following safety tips:

The Christie Administration, through the Division of Consumer Affairs, is also deploying teams of investigators across New Jersey in response to more than 100 calls that have been received from consumers alleging that gas stations, sellers of generators, hotels, and other merchants that sell other essential items, have violated state law by engaging in price gouging in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Consumers who believe they have been cheated or scammed by a business, or suspect any other form of consumer abuse, can file a complaint with the State Division of Consumer Affairs by visiting its website or by calling 1-800-242-5846 (toll free within New Jersey) or 973-504-6200.

1 November 2012: NJ State Troopers Deployed At Shore

6 November 2012: DisasterAssistance.gov

6 November 2012: DisasterAssistance.gov

RE: Marshall Zamor Grand Jury Release

Christopher S. Porrino, Attorney General

Division of Criminal Justice
Elie Honig, Director

DRAFT

For Immediate Release: 
December , 2017

For Further Information Contact:
Peter Aseltine (609) 292-4791

STATE GRAND JURY DECLINES TO RETURN INDICTMENT IN CONNECTION WITH IN-CUSTODY DEATH OF MAN ARRESTED BY STATE POLICE ON AC EXPRESSWAY

TRENTON – A state grand jury declined to file any criminal charges at the conclusion of its deliberations regarding the death of Marshall Zamor, 39, of Sicklerville, N.J., who died while in the custody of the New Jersey State Police after being arrested on a drug charge on the Atlantic City Expressway on March 29, 2017.

Because the death occurred after Zamor was arrested and while he was in police custody, it was investigated by the Attorney General’s Shooting Response Team under the Attorney General’s Directive on Police-Use-of-Force Investigations. The Shooting Response Team is made up of investigators from the Division of Criminal Justice and the New Jersey State Police Homicide Unit. After hearing testimony and evidence from the team’s investigation, the state grand jury concluded its deliberations on Dec. 14 and declined to indict any of the law enforcement officers involved in the fatal incident.

With regard to the specific factual circumstances of the incident, the investigation revealed that Zamor was stopped on the Atlantic City Expressway at approximately 10:52 a.m. on March 29 because the windows of his vehicle had illegal tinting. The trooper smelled marijuana and requested backup. Zamor was repeatedly ordered out of his car, and after refusing to obey the orders for several minutes, exited the vehicle and was arrested. The trooper walked Zamor to the rear of his car, handcuffed his hands behind his back, and searched him, but no force was used by the trooper. A probable cause search of the car revealed two suspected marijuana “blunts,” which later tested positive. Zamor was brought to the Atlantic City Expressway State Police Station, where he was placed in a holding cell pending processing on the charge of possession of marijuana. Video footage from the police vehicle revealed that Zamor was chewing on something while he was being handcuffed and as he was transported in the troop car to the station. At one point, a small white object could be seen inside Zamor’s mouth, and at another point, he leaned forward and left a streak of saliva on the partition in the vehicle, which later tested positive for cocaine.

Zamor was placed in a holding cell at the station at 11:34 a.m. Before he was placed in the cell, the trooper who arrested him searched him again, removing a hooded sweatshirt and a belt he was wearing. After about five minutes, troopers observed that Zamor was using a smart watch and had a large bulge in his cheek. Two troopers entered the cell, where they took the watch and ordered Zamor to open his mouth so they could retrieve the object. Zamor did not cooperate. The troopers tried unsuccessfully to force Zamor to open his mouth so they could remove the object. Three other troopers entered the cell to help hold Zamor against a wall, but the efforts to clear his mouth failed and the troopers left the cell.

While the troopers were forceful in holding Zamor, no punches, strikes or kicks were used against him.

Zamor sat down on the bench in the cell after the troopers left. He continued to act like there was something in his mouth. At approximately 11:46 a.m., the five troopers re-entered the cell, with two

wearing latex gloves. One trooper ordered Zamor to open his mouth and spit out whatever was inside. Zamor did not comply, so the troopers held Zamor while one of the gloved troopers forced Zamor’s mouth open and was able to recover some pieces of suspected crack cocaine, which later tested positive. Additional pieces remained in Zamor’s mouth, and the second trooper wearing gloves tried unsuccessfully to remove those. All five troopers left the cell after a few minutes, and Zamor sat down on the bench. Again, no force was used by the troopers during these efforts beyond the force needed to hold him and try to swipe the object from his mouth. Zamor did not appear to be in distress during or after these attempts.

Zamor continued to work his mouth and wipe his mouth as if he had something in it. After a number of minutes, he began to appear restless and uncomfortable, repeatedly leaning over a sink in the cell, where he drank water and wiped his face, his clothing and the sink with toilet paper. At one point, he put a wad of toilet paper in his mouth. At approximately 12 noon, troopers called for EMS to respond, reporting that a prisoner had ingested suspected crack cocaine. At that same time, troopers again entered the cell. Zamor was continuing to chew on something and he got up and returned to the sink.

The troopers told Zamor to spit out what was in his mouth and one trooper tried to remove the objects, but Zamor continued to resist, shaking his head. Six troopers were in the cell at this time. Two troopers held Zamor against a back wall while the trooper tried to remove what was in Zamor’s mouth, and they then brought Zamor to the floor of the cell.

Zamor continued to struggle with the troopers after he was placed on the ground, and the troopers handcuffed his hands behind his back and held him down. At approximately 12:04 p.m., Zamor’s body began convulsing. The troopers rolled Zamor on his side and moved his head away from the wall during the convulsions. At 12:05 p.m., the State Police made a follow-up call to expedite the response by emergency medical personnel. After Zamor stopped convulsing, Troopers can be seen in video footage administering ammonia packs, commonly called “smelling salts,” in an effort to revive Zamor, who apparently was unconscious. The handcuffs were removed and Zamor was placed on his back. An unsuccessful attempt was made to revive Zamor with a defibrillator, and at approximately 12:09 p.m., two troopers commenced CPR compressions and breathing. They continued CPR until emergency medical personnel arrived and took over. Zamor was taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Pomona, where he was pronounced dead at 1:13 p.m.

During the autopsy, a plastic bag was found obstructing Zamor’s larynx and a piece of suspected crack cocaine was found in his trachea. The plastic bag and suspected cocaine later tested positive.

Toxicology tests revealed cocaine and a cocaine metabolite in Zamor’s blood and urine, as well as THC. There was no evidence of recent significant injuries on Zamor’s body. The Medical Examiner’s Office concluded that Zamor’s death was caused by cocaine intoxication and listed the airway obstruction as a contributory factor. The manner of death was ruled accidental.

After considering the facts, evidence and testimony from the investigation by the Attorney General’s Shooting Response Team, the state grand jury declined to return an indictment.

Under an Attorney General Directive issued in 2006 and strengthened in 2015, the Attorney General’s Shooting Response Team is dispatched to handle investigations of incidents in which a state- or county- level officer uses deadly force or there is an in-custody death involving such officers. The directive establishes strict procedures for conducting these investigations. The Shooting Response Team is made up of deputy attorneys general and detectives of the Division of Criminal Justice, as well as detectives of the State Police Homicide Unit, all of whom operate independently of their usual chain of command and report directly to the Director of the Division of Criminal Justice or a designee. All portions of the Attorney General’s Directive on Police-Use-of-Force Investigations were complied with in this case.

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RE: Marshall Zamor Grand Jury Release