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NJ Cop Says Police Don’t Have to Follow the Constitution

By Eowyn @DrEowyn

NJ cop Richard Recine

Fish rots from the head down.

And the United States of America is rotting from President Ebola down.

Example: A police officer actually told a citizen that the police don’t have to follow the United States Constitution.

Special Police Officer Richard Recine, of Helmetta, New Jersey, said:

“Obama has decimated the freakin’ Constitution, so I don’t give a damn. If he doesn’t follow the Constitution, we don’t have to.”

Here’s an account by Sergio Bichao for USA Today, Aug. 6, 2014:

New Jersey police officer was caught on camera telling a resident that police don’t have to follow the Constitution because President Obama doesn’t, either.

Special Police Officer Richard Recine, of the Borough of Helmetta Police Department, is now the subject of an internal affairs investigation after the video was posted online and was seen by Police Director Robert Manney, who called the comments an “embarrassment.”

In the video, taken Monday at the borough municipal building, resident Steve Wronko gets into a verbal confrontation with Recine, who was called to the building because Wronko was seen taking pictures inside.

After Wronko insists he has a constitutional right to record in a public place, Recine responds.

“Obama has decimated the friggin’ constitution, so I don’t give a damn,” said Recine, who is a retired Franklin, N.J., police officer. “Because if he doesn’t follow the Constitution we don’t have to.”

Wronko then turns to the person recording the camera to make sure that was recorded. Recine repeats himself.

“Our president has decimated the constitution, then we don’t have to.”

On Wednesday, Manney said Recine’s words were “uncalled for and unprofessional.”

Manney, who appears in the video but only after Recine had made his comments, said the investigation should be “completed very swiftly” because “the evidence is right there.”

Brandon Stewart of The Conservative Post has provided more background on the incident.

Steve Wronko confronted Officer Recine about the corruption going on in the town of Helmetta, specifically Mayor Nancy Martin’s nepotism.

Martin had appointed her son to head of the Animal Shelter, Animal Cruelty Investigator, Borough Laborer, Water Meter Reader, and Certified Recycling Co-ordinator.

Here’s contact info for the Helmetta City Government:

Robert A Manney, Helmetta Police Director
Phone: 732-521-4946
Email: [email protected]

Nancy Martin, Mayor
Phone: 732-521-2012
Email: [email protected]

H/t FOTM’s Sig94


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