Hudson Jail Director Tish Nalls-Castillo accused of racially-charged tirade against sheriff’s officer
According to multiple sources, Hudson County Department of Corrections Director Tish Nalls-Castillo allegedly berated a Hudson County Sheriff’s officer – which supposedly included racially-tinged language – for trying to stop her from using a phone while operating a county vehicle.
While law enforcement officers across America feel like they’re under attack from the media, according to multiple sources, one officer from the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) supposedly received quite an earful from the director of the Hudson County Department of Corrections (DOC) earlier this week.
Sources, speaking under the condition of anonymity due to fear of retaliation, say Tish Nalls-Castillo, a black female who was appointed director of the DOC on January 29, 2016, apparently didn’t comply with orders from a Hudson County Sheriff’s officer – whose name is unknown at this time – due to her alleged use of a cell phone while operating a county vehicle.
The officer, standing beside his vehicle on the ramp next to the county’s parking lot, supposedly gestured to Nalls-Castillo to put her cell phone down as she drove into the lot – prompting her to allegedly call him a “lying motherf**ker” from the window before she proceeded to park.
The officer, apparently a white male who likely didn’t know who Nalls-Castillo was, or the position she holds, walked across the parking lot to ask her for documentation – causing the alleged verbal confrontation.
By all accounts, Nalls-Castillo, to some varying degree, is accused of calling the sheriff’s officer a “fat f**k,” “the white motherf**ker on the news causing all the problems,” and stating that he was “the reason cops were getting killed.”
According to sources, the officer used his radio at some point to record audio of Nalls-Castillo.
Eventually the officer received backup, including a supervisor responding to the scene that supposedly calmed the situation and let the corrections director go to a meeting in the Hudson County Administration building at 567 Pavonia Ave.
After the situation was under control, the officer eventually issued Nalls-Castillo a summons inside the building – likely for use of a wireless telephone/electronic communication device in a moving vehicle.
Real Jersey City has filed an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request with the HCSO for the citation, radio dispatches, and any other records produced prior to an investigation being launched.
According to one source with knowledge of the radio transmissions, the worst of the alleged comments Nalls-Castillo is accused of making were not recorded, although screaming can purportedly be heard, but that hasn’t been confirmed by multiple sources.
Sources confirmed an investigation has been launched into the encounter.
Hudson County spokesperson James Kennelly did not respond to an email seeking comment. A phone call to Nalls-Castillo’s office has not been returned. A spokesperson for the HCSO did not immediately respond with comment to this story.