Man Loses Civil Rights Case

April 2, 2012 – In The News
Asbury Park Press
A Neptune township man who is currently incarcerated on drug charges has lost a federal civil rights suit that he launched against the police department and one of its officers.

The incarcerated plaintiff alleged that then-Patrolman Jason Petillo planted drugs and falsified police reports in an effort to manufacture the arrest. A federal Judge said that the plaintiff's guilty plea before a New Jersey Superior Court judge in April 2011 contradicted the lawsuit against (now) Detective Petillo. Also, a Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Professional Responsibility Unit investigation found that there was no evidence to suggest that any police officer engaged in any type of criminal wrongdoing.

According to Matthew S. Adams, an Associate in the firm’s Roseland office, “Detective Petillo has now been cleared of any wrongdoing in a court of law.” Adams, who represents Petillo, added, “The plaintiff had every opportunity to set forth proofs of the alleged wrongdoing, but failed to do so.”