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Man Mistaken for 13-Year Old Sues Police And City

Kameron Teel is a substitute teacher.  He is also a former high school soccer star. Kameron set a record for goals scored at Gloucester Catholic High School in Gloucester City and he also played at Immaculata University. Kameron was a scholarship soccer player for La Salle University, as well as a judo and soccer coach/trainer.

On June 24, 2016 in Glassboro, New Jersey, 26-year old Kameron was riding his bike through a borough park.  Glassboro Police Sargent Dan Eliason yelled for Kameron to get on the ground.   What happened next led to a lawsuit filed by Kameron.

NJ.com reports:

“The suit claims that Kameron was laying on the ground, complying to police orders, when Eliason put his knee on Teel’s back, making it difficult for Teel to breathe and causing extreme pain. 

Teel allegedly yelled “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe. They are trying to kill me and I don’t want to die.” 

Teel alleges he was pepper-sprayed and handcuffed. After leading him to a police vehicle, an unidentified police officer allegedly “slammed” Teel’s head into the hood. After seeing the damage to the vehicle, the officer allegedly told Teel he would be charged with destruction of governmental property.

Teel was also injured when he was bitten numerous times on his legs and hands by the police K-9, he claims in the lawsuit.”

Photos of Kameron Teel’s injuries were included as exhibits accompanying the lawsuit.

At the time of his arrest, police were seeking a suspect in the park for drug activity.  The suspect was described as a Black male, approximately 13 years old.

The police say that they mistook the 26-year old with a full facial beard for the 13-year old suspect.  

Kameron’s lawsuit alleges malicious prosecution, false arrest, false imprisonment, excessive force and assault, and failure to supervise, train,  adopt needed policy, and violation of Kameron’s civil rights. According to Courier Post, the suit seeks damages of more than $150,000.

Kameron had no prior arrests and the charge of destruction of government property was dismissed.

Kameron is represented by lawyer D. Wesley Cornish of Philadelphia, who says that the borough has not provided police video of the incident.

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Former Neptune Township, NJ Police Sgt. Philip Seidle Sentenced To 30 Years For Manslaughter

Some of you might remember this case that we originally reported in June 2015.

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Tamara Seidle

To recap, Phillip Seidle was a 22 year veteran of New Jersey’s Neptune Township Police department.  On June 16, 2015,  he chased his ex-wife as she was driving.  The couple has 9 children ranging from ages 7 to 24, but the  7-year old daughter was the only child in the car with Phillip. He rammed his wife’s car causing her to crash into another vehicle.

Phillip Seidle got out of his car, drew his 40 caliber Glock service pistol, and fired several shots into the side of his ex-wife’s car.  He then positioned himself in front of his ex-wife’s car and fired several more shots through the windshield. Tamara died.  The couple had been divorced for 3 weeks.

Dash Cam Video

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What A Difference A Dash Cam Video Makes. Remember Marcus Jeter?

Under the post about the killing of Keith Scott, I mentioned a case where the commands of officers did not match with what the suspect was doing.  I conducted searches here on the blog, as well as Google, because I thought I had written about the incident around late 2014 or early 2015.

I did find a comment posted in January 2015, so the case was discussed at some point on this blog, but it might have been in the comment section rather than an actual post.

So, here it is.

Before I go further, I want to say that this is not a general accusation that all members of law enforcement are dishonest.  Rather, this case is one of many that causes citizens to question the honesty of what officers say was happening when giving commands.  a

Or, as New Jersey Superior Court Judge Ronald Wigler stated when sentencing one of the officers in this case,

“The public has to have confidence in their police departments.” 

It was June 7, 2012.  Police responded to a domestic-related call at the Bloomfield, New Jersey home of Marcus Jeter.  Marcus’ girlfriend lived in the house, and it was his girlfriend’s sister who called 911 alleging that Marcus threw his girlfriend’s cell phone down a staircase during a verbal dispute.

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22 Year Police Veteran Kills Wife

“He was no longer a sergeant for the Neptune Township Police Department. He turned into a criminal and a murderer,” said Marc Lemeiux of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.”

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Philip Seidle

Sergent Phillip Seidle, a 22 year veteran of New Jersey’s Neptune Township Police department, is currently in custody on charges of 1st Degree Murder, 2nd Degree unlawful possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose and 2nd degree endangering the welfare of a child.

Charges came after Seidle ,51, chased his ex wife down as she drove with their 7 year old daughter.

It is reported that his recently divorced wife, Tamra Seidle, crashed into another vehicle in Ashbury Park New Jersey. A that point, Phillip Seidle drew his service pistol, a 40 caliber glock, and fired several shots into the side of his ex wifes vehicle. From there Seidle then positioned himself in front of the vehicle and fired several more shots in the windshield while their 7-year old was inside of the car.

Tamra Seidle was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. Officer Phillip Seidle eventually surrendered to law enforcement after attempting to take his own life. The couple has 9 children ranging from ages 7 to 24.

Reports are not very clear, as some seem to say that all shots into the car were made before police arrived, while others, and some videos, appear to show that Seidle fired additional shots into the car after having held the gun to his own head after police arrived.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and children during this time.

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