WARNING: Extremely graphic content and language. COURTESY: John Paff/NJ Open Government Notes. Raw bodycam footage of NJ State Police searching a man’s anus and genitals for weed after a traffic stop. Ryan Ross and Mike Davis
New Jersey State Police emblem.(Photo: ~File)
MOUNT HOLLY – A Toms River man who pleaded “he’s raping me” to passing motorists as a state trooper searched for drugs in his trousers may have his lawsuit against state police thrown out of court before it even begins, records show.
The reason: He may have waited too long to file his paperwork.
A judge has already denied two motions from 21-year-old Jack Levine’s attorney that would pave the way to a formal civil lawsuit. His attorney, Arthur H. Lang, has filed another motion in an attempt to get more material on which to build a case.
Tort claims — preliminary paperwork for certain civil cases — must generally be filed within 90 days of the event in question, though a judge may permit certain exceptions up to a year. Lang had argued that, since Levine did not know that other troopers — specifically, a supervisor who allegedly signed off on the search — were involved, Levine should have the opportunity to file a late claim.
Body camera footage of Levine’s encounter with troopers first came to light when published by open-government advocate John Paff. The footage, which you can watch at the top of this article, shows Trooper Joseph Drew, wearing gloves, searching through Levine’s pants and other garments, ostensibly looking for marijuana during a March 8, 2017, traffic stop in Southampton. Levine repeatedly expresses disbelief at the daylight, roadside search.