A New Jersey police officer refusing to entertain a citizen’s complaints about 1st and 4th Amendment violations recently made it crystal clear how disregard for liberty and the law of the land is a trickle-down problem.
“Obama has decimated the friggin Constitution, so I don’t give a damn. ’Cause if he doesn’t follow the Constitution, we don’t have to,” Borough of Helmetta Police Department Special Police Officer Richard Recine said on film.
The incident occurred when Steve Wronko visited a municipal building with a list of complaints about the local animal shelter, which has been the center of a corruption scandal.
Wronko provides a little background on the situation on a Facebook page where he promotes reforming the shelter:
The current Mayor of Helmetta, Nancy Martin, is also the Tax Collector for the City of Perth Amboy. The current Director and Assistant Director of Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter are Michal and Richard Cielesz. This couple used to run the Perth Amboy Animal Shelter until, for unknown reasons, they no longer did. Fast forward to June, 2011, when Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter opened. Michal was named Director and her husband was given the position of Assistant Director. The Tax Collector from the previous town they worked in, Perth Amboy, is the Mayor of the current town they are working in, Helmetta. The Mayor’s son, Brandon Metz, is the head Animal Control Officer of Helmetta and works at the shelter. On a side note, the Mayor also gave her son a few other jobs in Helmetta: Animal Cruelty Investigator, Borough Laborer, Water Meter Reader, and Certified Recycling Co-ordinator. Good deal, right?
Wronko filmed throughout his visit to the government building. That didn’t sit well with Recine, a retired Franklin, N.J., cop who pads his $79,000 annual pension doing hourly work for the borough. Recine said that he was called to the building because employees were “alarmed” and repeatedly asserted that the resident had no right to film inside a public building.
When Wronko said that New Jersey law and his Constitutional rights provide legal evidence to the contrary, Recine let the resident know that he takes his Constitutional cues from the President.
By that time, an unidentified officer and Police Director Robert Manney had arrived. The officers threatened Wronko with arrest and physically removed him from the building.
After the story began to get national attention on Wednesday, Manney — who is seen in the video ordering Wronko to leave the building — changed his tune.
“I’ve already spoken to that officer in regards to that. In my opinion it’s an embarrassment,” he told a reporter.