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Two Charged with Making False Report Against N.J. Officer

June 29, 2008  | 

A six-week investigation into a complaint about a Spotswood, N.J., police officer resulted in the arrest last week of two local residents.

According to police, Marianna Bukhman, 26, of East Brunswick, andDavid Flance, 28, of Monroe, were each charged with the fourth-degreeoffense ofproviding a false report to law enforcement.

The pair reportedly filed a complaint with the Spotswood Police Departmentafter a borough police officer stopped Bukhman's vehicle on May 5.Flance was a passenger in the vehicle. The two occupants reportedthat the officer who stopped their car had poor demeanor and usedabusive language toward them, according to Spotswood Police Sgt. ChrisBierman, whoinvestigated the complaint along with Capt. Michael Zarro.

Bukhman provided police with written and verbal statements of her account, Bierman said, while Flance gave a verbal account.

Police had recently begun using the L-3 Mobile-Visionin-car video andaudio recording system, and Bierman said a review of the incident usingthat device showed the complaint was false and that there was nowrongdoing onthe part of the officer.

Bierman described the complaint as an attempt by those in the vehicle to discredit the police officer.

"It seems there may have been a personal issue behind this over apast experience with one of the occupants and the police department,"he said.

Bukhman was released on recognizance after being charged Friday.Flance was lodged at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center,NorthBrunswick, in lieu of $5,000 bail with no 10 percent option. The twohave a court date pending in state Superior Court, Bierman said.

 

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wolfva @ 6/29/2008 9:32 PM

I hope the officer turns around and sues these two dweebs now. It also goes to show you should always make sure all incidents are recorded; even if only by pocket recorder. The Officer was lucky his cruiser was outfitted with an L3.

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