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    Lower court and Appellate court ruled road rage cop could keep his job. If a cop is unfit to professionally perform his duties he should not be on the police force. The incident to place in 2015 and was recently decided at the appellate level. Article from NJ.com

    The confrontation occurred when a group of teenagers driving down a road in East Brunswick heading to South Brunswick began to tailgate Raciti, a then 14-year sheriff’s veteran, and his wife, hoping they would speed up. His wife was driving their personal vehicle.
    However, at a light Raciti got out of the car and began cursing at the driver, who was identified in court documents only as A.M.
    However, as A.M. attempted to pull away from the sheriff’s officer, the officer punched and cracked his windshield. A.M. got out of his car to confront the officer, and the officer, who was in plain clothes and had not previously identified himself as law enforcement, subsequently pulled out his badge and assumed an "arrest position."
    Raciti filed “various com plaints against A.M.”, including aggravated assault against the officer. The charges were later dismissed , the decision says.
    The prosecutor’s office later indicted Raciti on several felony crimes, and during a five-day bench trial, was found guilty of criminal mischief - a disorderly persons offense - for the windshield. He was sentenced to a year of probation in December 2017, court records show.


    In a separate decision, with the state’s Civil Service Commission last August, Raciti won back pay from the sheriff’s office, contingent on the appeal.
    The confrontation occurred when a group of teenagers driving down a road in East Brunswick heading to South Brunswick began to tailgate Raciti, a then 14-year sheriff’s veteran, and his wife, hoping they would speed up. His wife was driving their personal vehicle.
    However, at a light Raciti got out of the car and began cursing at the driver, who was identified in court documents only as A. M.
    However, as A.M. attempted to pull away from the sheriff’s officer, the officer punched and cracked his windshield. A.M. got out of his car to confront th e officer, and the officer, who was in plain clothes and had not previously identified himself as law enforcement, subsequently pulled out his badge and assumed an "arrest position."
    Raciti filed “various complaints against A.M.”, including aggravated assault against the officer. The charges were later dismissed, the decision says.
    The prosecutor’s office later indicted Raciti on several felony crimes, and during a five-day bench trial, was found guilty of criminal mischief - a disorderly persons offense - for the windshield. He was sentenced to a year of probation in December 2017, court records show.
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    Sounds like a serious anger management issue.. probably should not be a LEO if these are all the facts....


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    Than a portion of weak minded public will judge the good cops by the conduct of a few knuckleheads. And the judges didn't see this.

    Quote Originally Posted by fmTuna View Post
    Sounds like a serious anger management issue.. probably should not be a LEO if these are all the facts....
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    Well, I'm sure this officer was sitting next to his wife, who was driving, just wishing that a car would tailgate them so he could break a windshield.
    A. M. is lucky that is all that happened.
    A bunch of teenagers playing a dangerous game then trying to run away when confronted. A.M. then impresses his fellow riders by trying to confront and finds he has a bear by the head.
    Whether or not this guy is a officer or not, he was not the guy who started it, if the story is correct.
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    Posted part of the article twice. Should have been portion now below. Seems the court let him keep his job because he hadn't identified himself as an officer. As far as the teens attempting to take off, that was the right thing to do as a road rage incident was occurring and the cursing guy would appear to be a nut. Take off, call police immediately.

    Regardless Fran, maybe an officer should not get out of his vehicle cursing, than crack a windshield in rage. He could have gotten out of his vehicle, identified himself as an officer and the incident most probably would have been over. He was found guilty for those actions and he did not appeal that conviction.


    Much of the final decision on whether Raciti should have to forfeit his job surrounded arguments that Raciti, who was off-duty, acted in the capacity as an officer when he hit the driver’s windshield as the driver attempted to pull away.
    Overall, the court ruled that the officer did not display his badge until after he damaged the victim’s windshield and he only pulled it out, “to gain control of "the situation, rather [than] perform any official duty directly related to his responsibilities as [a] sheriff’s officer.”






    Quote Originally Posted by fran View Post
    Well, I'm sure this officer was sitting next to his wife, who was driving, just wishing that a car would tailgate them so he could break a windshield.
    A. M. is lucky that is all that happened.
    A bunch of teenagers playing a dangerous game then trying to run away when confronted. A.M. then impresses his fellow riders by trying to confront and finds he has a bear by the head.
    Whether or not this guy is a officer or not, he was not the guy who started it, if the story is correct.
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    A police officer, whether on or off duty, dose not go around smashing another driver's car window. He should have been fired immediately.

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    He could be a Sagittarius, no?
    Quote Originally Posted by fmTuna View Post
    Sounds like a serious anger management issue.. probably should not be a LEO if these are all the facts....
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    I’m not claiming right or wrong or even giving an opinion based on the facts of the article.

    But it amazes me that a cop has to get fired for losing his temper off duty. But anyone else whether joe the plumber, some office worker, sports star or celebrity can use drugs, steal money, beat up their spouse, be involved in prostitution rings, even be implemented in killing people and deserve a second chance.

    Ive said before in other threads about confrontation. If you don’t want to be confronted, don’t act like an @$$hole. If you act like an @$$hole and get confronted. Don’t cry for mommy

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    Well since I wasn't at the scene and I know the media never gets it correct so I won't comment on his actions at the scene. I don't support his actions, when off duty, unless there's a major felony going on, officers should only be witnesses IMO. So his actions from the start were contrary to what I believe.

    Well he was convicted of a crime, criminal mischief, so unless things have changed, police officers convicted of a crime are normally fired.

    He made a mistake, no doubt. Should it be life changing for the officer I don't think so unless there's a pattern.
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    He is part of the Middlesex County Sheriff's office, which, as far as I know, is different than being a regular police officer doing day to day law enforcement. Don't NJ county sheriffs handle court order functions So he is much less likely to find himself alone on the side of the road after pulling someone over who starts acting like a JO, or be in a Rodney King type of situation. After 14 years on the job, I think anger management sessions with some annual refreshers for a couple of years is appropriate.
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    A further search found the appellate courts decision. The court noted the teen driver and passengers testimony to be credible and so noted further on in the case. The defendant's testimony disagreed with the teens but he was not found to be credible. All charges against the teens were dismissed.

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    the trial court found the testimony of A.M. and the three passengers in his car

    credible, we rely on their testimony to establish what ensued.

    A man, later identified as defendant, exited the right front door of the

    Mazda, charged toward A.M.'s window, and screamed and cursed at A.M.

    Afraid for his life, A.M. decided to drive away from the scene. In an effort to

    avoid hitting defendant, A.M. slowly drove his car toward the shoulder so he

    could drive around the Mazda and continue on his way. When A.M. began to

    move, defendant punched and cracked A.M.'s windshield.

    Angry over the crack in his windshield, A.M. got out of his car and

    verbally confronted defendant. After the two exchanged words, defendant

    attempted to place A.M. in what appeared to his passengers to be an "arrest

    position." A.M. pushed defendant back, and A.M.'s passengers exited the car

    to help A.M. defend himself.

    In response, defendant displayed a badge and stated, "I'm a cop. Don't

    touch me." A.M. and his passengers immediately "backed up" when they saw

    the badge. Police arrived on the scene approximately one minute later.

    Evidence established defendant was a sheriff's officer and his wife the drive r

    of the Mazda. Neither A.M. nor his passengers knew defendant was a sheriff's

    officer before he displayed his badge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fran View Post
    Well, I'm sure this officer was sitting next to his wife, who was driving, just wishing that a car would tailgate them so he could break a windshield.
    A. M. is lucky that is all that happened.
    A bunch of teenagers playing a dangerous game then trying to run away when confronted. A.M. then impresses his fellow riders by trying to confront and finds he has a bear by the head.
    Whether or not this guy is a officer or not, he was not the guy who started it, if the story is correct.
    Does it really matter who started it? An officer is going to find himself in difficult situations almost constantly that the officer didn't cause and probably doesn't want. If he can't keep his cool over an annoying driver what is going to happen when things really get serious? This guy seems more fit to be fighting in a bar parking lot at 2am because someone spilled a drink on him than he does to be a cop, IMO.
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    The cop needs some anger management counseling and a couple of days off. No loss of job his actions were inappropriate but it doesn’t look like he done this before. People have bad days and make poor decisions no one was hurt. Ps he should pay for the windshield also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flyphish View Post
    Does it really matter who started it? An officer is going to find himself in difficult situations almost constantly that the officer didn't cause and probably doesn't want. If he can't keep his cool over an annoying driver what is going to happen when things really get serious? This guy seems more fit to be fighting in a bar parking lot at 2am because someone spilled a drink on him than he does to be a cop, IMO.
    I responded to the OP. It started with should this cop keep his job. It then kept up with identifying him as a cop.
    It showed this cop was in a car driven by his wife that was being tailgated.
    After two other post we find that he was a civilian until confronted by 3 other guys.

    IF true the tailgating started it. His wife was driving and we know nothing of what was going on in the car. People make mistakes, but the fact that he was a sheriff had nothing to do with it and the court concurred. He ended up getting back pay and keeps his job. Breaking a windshield, which he should pay for, takes a lot of strength. I know.
    Last but not least is you showing up about cops. He was not a cop up to the other 3 getting out of the car.
    If he were not a cop this post wouldn't have seen the light of day and you wouldn't be here imo.
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    My error for inaccurately using the word cop for the sake of brevity in lieu of defendant or Raciti (last name). I first heard the case being discussed on the radio when it caught my interest. The court summary is more clear than the reporters account.

    Does a sheriff go through the same training as a police officer? Defendant identified himself with "I am a cop" late in the altercation.
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