‘Holiday Spirit’: GoFundMe page for JCPD cop on unpaid suspension raises over $4,000
According to sources, JCPD Officer Christian Oritz was suspended from duty without pay after a child posed with his gun on social media.
Given that New Jersey is a state with zero tolerance for the Second Amendment, and the natural inclination of many is to panic at the notion of anything involving a gun, it’s no surprise that Jersey City Police Department (JCPD) Officer Christian Ortiz is caught in some trouble.
According to documents obtained by Real Jersey City, Ortiz was suspended from duty without pay effective November 1, 2018. The personnel order, signed by Chief Michael Kelly, doesn’t specify how long Ortiz is suspended for.
Separate sources have indicated that Ortiz was suspended after a child took a photo with his gun and the picture appeared on social media – apparently causing a panic at the time. Real Jersey City was unable to reach Ortiz for comment on this story.
Fortunately for Ortiz, a GoFundMe page seeking donations for him during the holiday season has raised over $4,000 from approximately 60 donors. According to an update on the page – apparently setup by an anonymous person under the name “Holley Lujah” – more than $1,000 was raised at the West District Christmas Party, bringing the total raised for Ortiz to nearly $5,500.
The fundraising effort is more than halfway towards the original $10,000 goal – CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT THE FUNDRAISER FOR ORTIZ.
Though the GoFundMe page doesn’t specify why Ortiz was suspended, the page creator notes that “I too have been excessively disciplined in an attempt to appease a couple of non-Jersey City civilians’ disdain for law enforcement. That is exactly what is happening in this case.”
According to one of the GoFundMe donors, Ortiz is a “good guy to work with whose already earned a commendation outside of duty.” One source told Real Jersey City that the situation is “completely overblown,” but noted these are the times we live in related to gun control activism.
A Jersey City spokesperson declined to comment on Ortiz’s situation. Mayor Steven Fulop, a Democrat, has consistently supported pro-gun control policies that many have derided as anti-Second Amendment.