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Bloomfield Police Chief Jack McNiff, Officer Frank Furfaro, Officer Rick Chiarello, New Jersey Law Enforcement Police Brotherhood President Michael Sica, Sr., at podium and PBA Essex County Conference Chairman William Brennan.
New Jersey Law Enforcement Police Brotherhood President Michael Sica, Sr., Bloomfield Police Officer Frank Furfaro, Bloomfield PBA Local #32 President Michael Ruggiero and Bloomfield Police Officer Rick Chiarello.

On Friday October 24, 2003 at the Essex County PBA Conference dinner, President Michael Sica, Sr. of the NJ Law Enforcement Police Brotherhood presented a check to President Michael Ruggiero Bloomfield PBA Local #32 in the amount of $1,000.00 for their legal defense fund, to help the 4 officers who were indicted while responding to a medical assistance call of an individual who was having a violent siezure. At said dinner/dance President Sica also praised Bloomfield Police Chief Jack McNiff for his decision not to suspend the 4 officers who were indicted despite outside political influences. President Sica commended Chief McNiff and stated that more police chiefs should have your veracity and stand behind the men and women in uniform who serve and protect the citizens of the state of New Jersey. Too many times when officers are charged their department usually suspends them without pay in order to show the public that they are taking action regardless of all of the facts. What ever happened to "innocent until proven guilty"? The emotional & financial strain that is put on an officer & their family when suspended without pay has been known to be deadly at times. Therefore, President Sica commended Chief McNiff for administratively resigning the officers to desk duty with pay until the case could be adjudicated. More departments throughout the state of New Jersey should follow his leadership. We are proud to announce that Judge Vichness of the Superior Court in Essex County dismissed the cases against these officers March 5, 2004. The New Jersey Law Enforcement Police Brotherhood is just trying to do it's part to see that justice prevails and not politics as usual. We're Making a Difference!

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