Cop Watch

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Cop Accused Of Filing False Police Reports

RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A Rutherford police sergeant is suspended without pay, charged with official misconduct in the case of a woman who said she was mistakenly grabbed by bounty hunters.

Sgt. Nicholas Loizzi is accused of filing false police reports. The 42-year-old has been on the force 18 years.

Two other officers, who have not been named, were placed on administrative leave.

Claudia Santana claimed three officers last month allowed her to be taken from her home in handcuffs and driven about 30 miles away even though she insisted she was not the fugitive they were looking for.

Santana said the bounty hunters released her outside a police station in Morris County when the men realized their error.