SOURCES: Anti-violence activist arrested for DWI, cop claims political threats

Jersey City anti-violence activist Pamela Johnson was arrested for DWI and allegedly made political threats towards JCPD Sgt. Matthew Kilroy, according to sources.

Pamela Johnson and HCPO Director of Community and Engagement Rhudy Snelling

Pamela Johnson, leader of the Jersey City Anti-Violence Coalition Movement and a 2017 Ward A city council candidate, is being accused of attempting to flex political muscle on a Jersey City Police Department (JCPD) sergeant during an arrest for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), according to sources.

Per sources, around 9:30 PM, on May 7, 2019, Johnson was apparently driving near the scene of an incident, in the vicinity of Arlington Ave. and Union St., that required a response from the JCPD’s Emergency Services Unit (ESU).

As the story goes, JCPD Sgt. Matthew Kilroy alleges that Johnson nearly struck him with the vehicle she was operating. Though it’s unclear what exactly transpired during the altercation, Johnson was apparently arrested and may have been injured.

Additionally, Johnson, who deals extensively with law enforcement officials through her activism, allegedly directed non-violent threats toward Kilroy during the altercation. The supposed threats were meant to signal possible retaliation for the incident, and it’s believed high-level JCPD brass, including Chief Michael Kelly, were alerted to the situation and may have attempted to intervene.

Fulop Administration spokesperson Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione did not respond to an email seeking information regarding the incident. Johnson, following the advice of an attorney, declined to comment when reached by phone.

Of note, Johnson was recently awarded the Endurance Award – as part of the New Jersey OAG’s Excellence Awards for Victims’ Justice – during this year’s Crime Victims’ Rights Week Ceremony, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

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