‘Panic Prosecution’: HCPO’s case against cops in Domino’s incident dismissed
The HCPO’s case against JCPD officers Ronald Clark and Courtney Solomon was ultimately dismissed in Kearny Municipal Court on November 21, 2018.
Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez and her top deputy at the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office (HCPO), Peter Stoma, have a lot of pie on their faces for the corrupt & incompetent handling of matters related to the Jersey City Police Department (JCPD).
After the HCPO’s “panic prosecution” of JCPD officers Ronald Clark and Courtney Solomon was dismissed in Kearny Municipal Court, a few pies of Domino’s Pizza were added to their faces.
Within 24 hours of the March 27, 2018, incident involving Clark, Solomon, and Mena Kirolos, manager of the Domino’s Pizza on Communipaw Ave., the two JCPD officers were charged by the HCPO with Terroristic Threats, Disorderly Conduct, and Harassment.
The case was originally handled in Hudson County Superior Court, until it was kicked down to Jersey City Municipal Court, and ultimately moved to Kearny Municipal Court due to conflict of interest.
Despite all the hoopla and media coverage surrounding the incident, Kirolos, the alleged victim, apparently decided not to proceed forward with the case – which led to the charges being dismissed on November 21, 2018.
JCPD and HCPO sources indicated that the only reason the officers were charged was because yours truly, Real Jersey City Publisher Michael Shurin, was sarcastically commenting about the incident on social media and Suarez “panicked” in an effort to look proactive. The officers were charged prior to video of the incident being obtained by Real Jersey City.
Clark and Solomon are back to full duty, according to police sources.
The HCPO, nor officials from the Fulop Administration, were reached for comment on this story.