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Thursday, December 8, 2011

[NJ] No charges against Officer Latrenta Grayson for shooting her ex, but city must pay settlement

...[Paterson police officer Latrenta] Grayson had faced official misconduct and aggravated assault charges as a result of the shooting, while [ex-boyfriend Albert] Mullings was charged with burglary and making terroristic threats. All those charges were dismissed in 2010 because neither of them could be compelled to testify against each other...

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[NJ] Patterson Police Officer Latrenta Grayson shoots ex boyfriend Albert Mullings

COP'S OFF-DUTY SHOOTING OF HER BOYFRIEND RESULTS IN $10,000 SETTLEMENT
thealternativepress.com
Joe Malinconico
November 26, 2011
City officials have agreed to pay $10,000 to settle a lawsuit involving the 2009 shooting by an off-duty Paterson police officer of her former boyfriend. In the incident, the ex-boyfriend, Albert Mullings, had climbed through the bathroom window at the Wall Street home of the police officer, Latrenta Grayson, officials said. Mullings also threatened Grayson’s boyfriend... City Corporation Counsel Paul Forsman said that taking the Mullings case to trial would have cost more than $50,000 in legal fees. Grayson had faced official misconduct and aggravated assault charges as a result of the shooting, while Mullings was charged with burglary and making terroristic threats. All those charges were dismissed in 2010 because neither of them could be compelled to testify against each other... They both risked incriminating themselves if they testified in the cases against each other. Grayson and Mullings had two sons together... [Full article here]

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PATERSON OFFICER INDICTED FOR MISCONDUCT, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT
NorthJersey.com
By John Petrick
Tuesday December 1, 2009
[Excerpts] A Paterson police officer Tuesday was charged in an indictment with official misconduct and aggravated assault in connection with her shooting a man who got into a fight with her boyfriend in her home. Police Officer Latrenta Grayson, 32, of Paterson, had obtained a restraining order on Feb. 6, 2009,  barring 30-year-old Albert Mullings of Teaneck from her residence... Mullings allegedly entered Grayson’s home at 238 Wall Ave. through a rear bathroom window at about 2:10 a.m. on Aug. 24, 2009. Once inside, he threatened to kill and then assaulted Grayson’s boyfriend, Anthony Spruil, authorities allege. A subsequent confrontation near Wall and 15th avenues led to Grayson firing two shots at Mullings, hitting him once in his right arm, according to officials. Prosecutors say Grayson falsely reported the circumstances leading up to the shooting when giving her initial account to Paterson patrol officers, in her official report filed several days later and in a follow-up interview conducted by detectives from the Passaic County’s Prosecutor’s Office. Authorities say they found that Grayson was not justified at firing the two shots at Mullings in trying to protect herself or Spruill under state Attorney General’s Office guidelines on appropriate use of force by a police officer. Mullings is also charged in the indictment with contempt of court  in connection with violation of the restraining order, burglary and terroristic threats... [Full article here]

CHARGES AGAINST PATERSON OFFICER INVOLVED IN SHOOTING DISMISSED
NorthJersey.com
By John Petrick
Tuesday July 20, 2010, 6:26 Pm
[Excerpts] A state judge Tuesday dismissed charges of official misconduct and aggravated assault pending against a Paterson police officer in connection with her shooting the father of her two sons amid an altercation last year. Attorney Anthony Iacullo of Nutley, representing Police Officer Latrenta Grayson, said the case was dismissed because of 5th Amendment issues. Neither Grayson nor the boys’ father could be compelled to testify against each other, he explained, because that testimony would incriminate the witness. “She did nothing wrong. She looks forward to continuing to work and serve the people of Paterson,” said Iacullo of Grayson, noting she was on suspension for 30 days when the charges arose before returning to active duty... The two had been involved in a long-term relationship and had two young sons together... A Passaic County grand jury in December 2009 found that Grayson was unjustified in firing the two shots at Mullings. The panel found that she had insufficient reason to believe her or Spruill’s life was in imminent danger... [Full article here]
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