Parsippany cop receives $80K in settlement with township.
- POLICE & FIRE
Sunday, December 9, 2012
A Parsippany cop who was reinstated as sergeant last week denied "untruthfulness" but admitted to "mistakes" during his supervision of a drug investigation 10 years ago, according to a settlement reached with the township. Robert Whiteman was reinstated as sergeant Wednesday after being demoted to officer and suspended for six months for his handling of an investigation in December 2002 that resulted in a drug prosecution being dismissed. A Superior Court judge ruled Parsippany police violated the Miranda rights of two individuals and seized evidence without a search warrant. Whiteman filed suit in 2011 against the township, former Mayor Michael Luther and current Mayor James Barberio for what he claimed was "undue humiliation," according …
Officer stripped of his rank settled a lawsuit against the town to regain his sergeant's stripes.
It appears brighter days have come for a Parsippany Police officer who last year said he suffered "undue humiliation" at the hands of the department he serves. Political officials, law enforcement leadership and officers were on hand at Town Hall Wednesday morning as Officer Robert Whiteman was reinstated as a sergeant. Among those in the audience were Township Councilman Paul Carifi Jr., Business Administrator Jasmine Lim, Animal Control Supervisor Chris Dikovics, freeholders John Cesaro and Ann Grossi and Police Capt. and school board member-elect James Carifi. Without preamble, the swearing-in took place in less than 10 minutes. After a mostly casually dressed crowd was seated, Mayor James Barberio entered Council Chambers with Police …