Reinstate JCPD Lt. Michael Dillon. Fire James Shea, Esther Suarez, and Peter Stoma.
Don’t let the current misery of one JCPD cop distract from the real problem – the failed leadership of James Shea, Esther Suarez, and Peter Stoma.
Let me get straight to the point – whatever occurred with Jersey City Police Department (JCPD) Lt. Michael Dillon on I-195 this past Friday was probably indefensible. In the same breath, the incident ultimately represents the culture of corruption perpetuated by Mayor Steven Fulop, Public Safety Director James Shea, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez and First Deputy Assistant Prosecutor Peter Stoma.
After the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office (HCPO) literally let officials from the Jersey City Police Superior Officers Association (JCPSOA) turn the streets of Jersey City into their no-show job/drunk driving zone, it’s no surprise that Dillon felt safe to allegedly drive drunk after a Christmas party (according to the Jersey Journal).
Let’s not forget that Dillon’s incident occurred nearly three years after Shea attended the JCPSOA’s 2015 Christmas party, schmoozing with union officials at a bar – including 1st VP Sgt. Vincent Corso (when Corso was supposed to be working an off-duty shift). VIDEO BELOW:
Of course that incident received no follow-up from either the HCPO or the JCPD Internal Affairs Unit (IAU). Similarly, JCPSOA Pres. Robert Kearns appearing to drive recklessly down John F. Kennedy Blvd. after leaving a bar in North Arlington, NJ, received no investigation either. VIDEO BELOW:
As far as Dillon, I’m not excusing what happened, I’m just saying that I truly believe that whatever harsh punishment he receives be handled exclusively in Monmouth County. According to multiple sources, the incident was truly “out of character” for Dillon, and I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt during the holiday season.
That’s why I feel he should be immediately reinstated and put on desk duty. If Corso was allowed to resist arrest and being disarmed of his weapon, only to receive a slap on the wrist and no suspension in Shea’s JCPD, Dillon should expect the same. VIDEO BELOW:
Let’s not forget, the aforementioned corruption with the JCPSOA, HCPO, and JCPD occurred while Fulop was the frontrunner to be the next Governor of New Jersey. Suarez had dreams of becoming attorney general. Stoma was going to be a Superior Court judge and Shea was going to be running the New Jersey State Police.
Not saying what’s going on in Trenton right now is great, but thank goodness none of those dreams have become reality.
Also, when I say fire James Shea, Esther Suarez, and Peter Stoma, I’m speaking directly to Gov. Phil Murphy and Attorney General Gurbir Grewal. What’s happened with the JCPD and HCPO over the past 5 years has been a complete abomination and people need to be held accountable.
That said, they could also resign from their positions as soon as possible. Also, HCPO “Chief of Investigations” Gene Rubino and Suarez’s Chief of Staff, Carol Lamparello, can leave with them.
Though that won’t guarantee justice in Jersey City and Hudson County, it at least removes people committed to injustice – highlighted by maliciously prosecuting whistleblowers – from positions of power.
Publisher’s Note: Replacing Shea with Greg Kierce is unacceptable.