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Teaneck Teens Charged After Crowd Menaced Paramus Officers, Police Say

Two Paramus officers and a township teen were injured in the early Saturday incident, police say.

PARAMUS -- Two Teaneck teens were arrested after they were among an unruly crowd that converged on Paramus police officers during a Route 4 traffic stop early Saturday, sending one of the teenagers and two officers to the hospital, authorities said.

Paramus Police said the two officers were conducting a motor vehicle stop on Route 4 East at about 2:20 a.m. when they were approached by a group of about 10 males who hurled obscenities at them. The group continued despite being told by the officers, Anthony Liggio and Daniel Cullen, to move along, police said. 

Police attempted to arrest one of the males, but the others began to surround the two officers in a "threatening manner,” according to police. The crowd began to flee as back-up arrived and the officers gave chase, catching the two youths. 

The two teens, both 16-year-olds from Teaneck, were charged with rioting, obstruction and resisting arrest. One was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer and the other with possession of a knife, police said.

Cullen suffered a sprained hand while Officer Nicholas Luciano had two sprained wrists, police said. Both officers were treated and released. One of the teens apprehended was also treated for an eye injury and released, according to police. 

Approximately two hours earlier, Garden State Plaza security reported the same group was acting disorderly at the mall, police said. That incident was resolved without arrest. Police are working to identify the other members of the crowd. 

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Remy Wright January 06, 2013 at 03:35 AM
The story will soon be out the complete truth This is only 10% of the story I need for Paramus police to man up and fully take responsiblity for what they have truthfully done
Michael Anthony January 06, 2013 at 04:28 AM
Remy, have insider information that you care to share with us? Tell us how it really went down. Describe to us exactly what you saw. If not, shut your pie hole and quit being a tree hugging hippy.
The Truth January 06, 2013 at 07:15 AM
this isnt even the full story
shimon baum January 06, 2013 at 01:07 PM
And cue moronic defender who claims to know the truth but of course can't bother telling it. I'm sure the kids out at 2 AM were all doing good deeds.
JAD January 06, 2013 at 01:27 PM
I'm sure the young gentlemen were just helping little old ladies to their cars with groceries when they happened upon a traffic stop.
Doris Thurber January 06, 2013 at 01:52 PM
So what were 16-year-olds doing at 2 a.m. on Route 4 East?
Chinadoll January 06, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Something isnt kosher about that story!
LIZ SANTOS January 06, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Remy, Please share the full story. I'm sure there's a lot that isn't being told. Is there more going than we realize?
Who Is John Galt January 06, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Sorry, but this is most likely the full story. No, no subplot, no conspiracy theory, no story of rogue cops, just reality. The reality that in our contemporary society the youth have no respect for any authority, including the police. It's a sad statement that every time the police, a.k.a. the good guys, are attacked, some in society start clamoring for the " real" story. No, sorry, these out of control criminals, who just happen to be just shy of that all important age of the majority, should be in jail or at least juvenile detention. I say charge them as adults and maybe then they'll learn a lesson!
JamesTS January 06, 2013 at 06:54 PM
They will probably get off with just a "slap on the wrist" so we can read about them again soon!! I dont see how its "rogue cops" at all.. it seems the police told them to move along even when they were interfering with the police officers and yelling at them... And why were they out at 2 AM walking on Route 4 anyway???
Keith Kaplan January 06, 2013 at 07:44 PM
"Paramus Police said the two officers were conducting a motor vehicle stop on Route 4 East at about 2:20 a.m. when they were approached by a group of about 10 males who hurled obscenities at them. The group continued despite being told by the officers, Anthony Liggio and Daniel Cullen, to move along, police said." When did it become illegal to watch police? When did it become illegal to hurl obscenities at the police? Obviously there's either more to this story or something is being mis-reported.
Keith Kaplan January 06, 2013 at 08:09 PM
Just this week, federal judges for the US Court of Appeals dismissed an arrest of someone that gave the finger to the cops. http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/873c9ca6-3471-4579-86d0-7c325ead0cc5/1/doc/11-2846_opn.pdf
JamesTS January 06, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Thats a different situation.. If the police are doing a traffic stop they have to worry about safety of officers and others and need to control the scene. This group was "unruly" and yelling at two officers while they were carrying out police action. They refused to leave and further RAN from cops. Very very different then just flipping the middle finger. I am no lawyer cop or judge but as an average person i see some MAJOR problems with kids acting like this. let alone walking ON route 4 at 2am.
Who Is John Galt January 06, 2013 at 08:55 PM
James you are spot on. Keith you are totally off.
zizi January 07, 2013 at 02:46 AM
Sixteen and out at 2 AM on route 4? Disorderly conduct..... I smell failing youths (future criminals), failing parents and failing schools..... Our police officers should be respected....... These youth should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law...... Maybe they can learn a lesson here..... (but I seriously doubt it)
shimon baum January 07, 2013 at 03:56 AM
Why do people insist on arguing with the police then act amazed when they lose the argument. The cops tell you to do something do it there won't ever be a problem. If you are surrounding cops at 2 AM you are not up to good it's that simple. Living right next to Teaneck High, I'm used to the students not respecting property when the casually throw their garbage on everyone's lawns not to mention the vulgar talk that comes out of their mouths. But I figured they would at least respect the police, well at least their consistent.
Who Is John Galt January 07, 2013 at 07:13 AM
Zizi, I agree with what you wrote here, except the future criminals part. I'd say their actions make them present day criminals.
Revolution January 09, 2013 at 05:42 PM
whats up with 16 year olds out at 2am. Some parents.
zizi January 09, 2013 at 06:33 PM
@Revolution: It is not just the parents.... there are others who believe that these (criminals in training) have not done anything wrong...... The fact that it was 2 AM and it was Rt. 4 and that they were told to move on and refused.... means nothing to these people..... these people are the reason why we as a society are raising these uncivilized youth that don't know their place in society and refuse to act civil..... This goes back to a failing school system as well.... @shimon: I have personally seen bad behavior from THS students many a times..... The teachers stand by silently as these youth disrespect citizens who pay for their schooling..... anyone who doubt this.. should pay a visit to the school when the school day is over..... I am sure you will witness the unruly behavior at full display any day of the week.....
Revolution January 09, 2013 at 06:38 PM
@zizi agreed
REALITY January 11, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Ok, let's put this in perspective. You have a crowd of 16 year old's out at 2AM in the morning, first of all what kind of parents allow this and secondly any good parent should know that nothing good happens that late at night when your under aged. Now we could sit up here and blame the police, we can blame the school system but reality is it comes from the home first. And when you have parents that don't care or can't control their own children then that is where the blame needs to be. The cops do their job and at the time they were doing their job until some unruly untrained teenagers apparently with horrible upbringing decided to make their boring night more entertaining. As far as the school system, you can't blame them because the school doesn't raise your children and the school doesn't instill morals into the children it comes from the HOME!!! Simply as that. They should have kept their mouths closed and minded their business and they wouldn't be in the position they are in now. Sometimes in life you deserve what you get! Put the blame where it belongs and stop pointing fingers at the cops doing their job and making sure that they can go home at the end of the night to their kids and families. Cops put their lives on the line on a daily basis and regardless of the TRUTH, the truth is right their in your face...you harassed a cop putting his life in danger and then you expect a pity party because you got what you should have gotten from your parents? Kids lie
Revolution January 11, 2013 at 05:43 PM
Reallity please get your facts straight. I did not blame the police. Where did you get this from. The kids were unruly started with the cops and deserved what they got
shimon baum January 16, 2013 at 06:39 PM
And still waiting......

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