The former Bergen County residents are unapologetic about their convictions
for resisting arrest after trying to free their handcuffed son from a
Fort Lee police cruiser.
The mother was sentenced to three years of probation and the father got
two years for their roles in the November 2008 incident in which their
teenage son was arrested for
marijuana possession after a traffic stop.
In April, the couple was found guilty of third-degree resisting arrest,
but was acquitted by a jury of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.
Prosecutors had claimed the mother, father and their daughter arrived on
the scene of the arrest of the couple's son. Police officers claimed
the three family members tried to free the cuffed teen from the back of
a police car.
Officers also claimed they were punched, kicked and bitten as they tried
to subdue the family members.
The daughter was convicted of harassment and was ordered to pay a fine of $500.
The teenager called his family with his cell phone from inside the cop
car. During the trial, officers acknowledged that they had erred by not
taking the phone from the boy.
The family's attorneys argued in court that communications between
police officers and family members was difficult because of language differences.
The mother and father listened to court proceedings through a Spanish
The family further argued that police officers overreacted and were physically
The father said when he and the mother and their daughter arrived on the
scene of the arrest, they simply asked about their son and were then subjected
to abuse by officers.
The mother was adamant in court that they had done nothing wrong. "We
are a family," she said to the judge. "We are not criminals."
Source: northjersey.com: "Couple who tried to spring son from Fort Lee police
car are sentenced to probation" by Nick Clunn: June 3, 2011