Press Release: January 06, 2021
JACKSON, NJ, January 05, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ -- A former New York police department sergeant has filed a $10 billion federal civil rights lawsuit against a list of law enforcement and court officials in New Jersey (MARCHISOTTO v. MALIK et al (3:20-cv-20426), New Jersey District Court).
The case is not about the money, he said, but justice. In the court filing, he says, "I would gladly donate every penny to a charity. But it's time to send a message to the New Jersey Courts run by clown judges, who believe they are above the law."
John Marchisotto says his civil rights were violated when officers came into his home to take away his guns. The invasion and everything that happened after that are retaliation for Mr. Marchisotto filing another federal lawsuit against many of the people named in this case.
The complaint filed in the US District Court in New Jersey says in part, "Middlesex County Sheriff's Police Officers … New Jersey State Police along with dozens of heavily armed police personnel, entered my home displaying their high-powered military-style long guns drawn, terrorizing my family. They came to my home to execute a false TERPO petition to seize my licensed firearms. However, their basis of the TERPO search warrant was a complete sham to punish me for the Federal Lawsuit I filed against the State of New Jersey, Middlesex County, the judicial and non-judicial defendants. They knew I was a retired NYPD police sergeant and out of retaliation, they came after my guns."
TERPO is an Extreme Risk Protective Order act. It was created in New Jersey in 2018 and allows anyone to seek the protective order against anyone else who "poses a danger of causing bodily inquiry to self or others by possessing or purchasing a firearm."
Mr. Marchisotto said he does have guns. He is a retired law enforcement officer. Furthermore, he bought those guns according to NJ and federal laws. As a police officer, he also received extensive training in the proper use of guns.
"It's revenge. Pure and simple, revenge. They got mad at me because I know my rights and my rights were violated so I filed suit against them. They want to intimidate me. They hope to scare me into dropping my lawsuit. All they did was make me more determined to make sure justice prevails," the retired police sergeant said. "So, I filed this suit as well."
He said his rights guaranteed under the First, Second, Fourth, Sixth and 14th Amendments were more than ignored. His rights were intentionally violated.
"They knew what they were doing. They knew it was illegal. They set things up to try and make it legal, but I know differently. I spent my adult life as a police officer and I know what is legal and what is not," he said. "Yes, I worked in New York, but federal law applies the same in New York as in New Jersey.
Mr. Marchisotto requested a jury trial. He wants a jury to hear the matter because as many people as possible need to see how he was treated.
"I've seen what judges in New Jersey will do. I am a victim of their illegal and unethical actions. I want a jury to hear this because I know a whole jury will find the truth and tell the judge. When the judge hears the jury's verdict. He has no choice. He has to go along with what the jury decides," Mr. Marchisotto said.
For more information or to receive a copy of this and Mr. Marchisotto other court filings and cases, contact him at 732-526-7732.
John F. Marchisotto
15 Topaz Dr
Jackson, NJ 08527
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