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Two Atlantic City officers cleared, city liable in excessive force case

Jury orders Atlantic City to pay $300,500 The Atlantic City Police Department’s policies created an environment for violence by its officers, a Federal civil jury found in a unanimous decision Thursday. The city was ordered to pay $300,500 for its failures. But the jurors cleared two of the three officers involved in the 2013 arrest that sparked the lawsuit. Atlantic City Officers Anthony Abrams and William Moore did nothing in the arrest that left Steven
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No verdict yet in civil trial against Atlantic City officers

Jurors in a civil suit against Atlantic City and three of its police officers ended the first full day of deliberations without a verdict. Officers Anthony Abrams, John Devlin and William Moore are accused of using excessive force in the March 13, 2013, arrest of Steven Stadler. Jurors begin deliberations in Federal civil suit against Atlantic City officers Did the Atlantic City Police Department create an environment that allowed officers to go rogue without repercussions?
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Jurors begin deliberations in Federal civil suit against Atlantic City officers

Did the Atlantic City Police Department create an environment that allowed officers to go rogue without repercussions? That is now for a jury to decide after closings in the monthlong civil trial against Officers Anthony Abrams and William Moore and now-retired K-9 Officer John Devlin in Camden Federal Court. Steven Stadler is suing the officers and the city for his March 13, 2013, arrest that ended with his face bruised and bloody and dog bites
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‘I play it over in my head every single day,’ Linwood teacher says of chair-kicking incident

“I would never intentionally hurt a child, ” a Linwood teacher on trial for simple assault testified Friday. Kimberly Peschi, 40, is accused of injuring a Belhaven Middle School six-grader last year when she put her leg on the back of his chair and allegedly pulled won, causing him to fall back and hit his head. The injured boy, now a 13-year-old seventh-grader, testified that he had been leaning back and forth in his chair
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Officer at center of viral arrest video to take stand in Atlantic City police civil trial

A federal civil trial against three Atlantic City officers enters its third week Monday with testimony expected to include two police chiefs, an officer previously found liable in an excessive force case and, possibly, the man who received a $3 million payout in a settlement involving that same officer. Steven Stadler, 49, of Somers Point, alleges he was punched and kicked until he was unconscious after Officer Anthony Abrams, who was off-duty, found him burglarizing
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Somers Point man gets life for murder inside Atlantic City store

A Somers Point man convicted of murdering his former girlfriend’s new love was sentenced to life in prison Friday. Luis Maisonet, 56, would have to live 56 more years to be eligible for parole. He was convicted in December in the fatal Sept. 1, 2016, shooting of 26-year-old Christopher Romero, inside the Zumiez store on Atlantic City’s Walk, where the younger man worked as a manager. Maisonet then walked across the road to the White House|Black
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Mays Landing man ordered held in infant son’s killing

A Mays Landing man accused in the death of his infant son was ordered held pending trial due to his extensive criminal background and risk of violence, a judge found. Jose Rojas, 35, is accused of causing severe injuries to 4-month-old JaSeir on Jan. 29. The child, a fraternal twin, died Feb. 4, at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Rojas told the child’s mother that he was lying in bed with his son when the boy
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‘I just want justice for my son,’ says mom of 4-month-old allegedly killed by dad

“He took my baby away from me,” Shelly Maddox said just moments after seeing her children’s father in court via video from the Atantic County Justice Facility. Jose Rojas, 35, is accused of killing the couple’s 4-month-old son. JaSeir was unresponsive when his father called 911 from their Mays Landing home on Jan. 29. The father was home alone with JaSeir, the baby’s twin brother and his 1-year-old brother. Rojas would tell police that the
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Man pleads guilty to sex assault of four children younger than 10

An Atlantic City man admitted to the sexual assault of four juveniles younger than 10. Adan Otero, 27, pleaded guilty Friday to four counts of aggravated sexual assault and one count of endangering the welfare of a child. Under the plea agreement, he faces 17 years in prison with 85 percent of parole ineligibility under the No Early Release Act. Over a period of several months in the spring of 2016, Otero sexually assaulted four juvenile
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Federal civil suit will put Atlantic City Police Department on trial

The Atlantic City Police Department’s policies that allegedly allowed rogue officers to violate suspects’ rights will go on trial Tuesday in a federal civil suit against three officers brought by a convicted burglar. Steven Stadler, 49, of Somers Point, alleges he was punched and kicked until he was unconscious after an off-duty officer found him burglarizing the lockbox of a car wash on March 13, 2013. Jury selection is happening Tuesday, with openings expected to
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