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Monday, April 30, 2012

Officer Regina Tasca Goes 'Rogue'

Regina Tasca is a "rogue cop" – and God bless her for it.

Tasca is in the middle of disciplinary hearings that may result in her termination from the Bogota, New Jersey Police Department. She stands accused of "bizarre and outlandish" behavior in two incidents a year ago during which she revealed herself to be "A danger to other police officers."

Her first supposed offense – which wasn't mentioned until after the second – was a failure to assist another officer who was "attacked" by a drunken woman who was roughly half his weight and barely five feet tall. Her second was was to intervene when a police officer from another jurisdiction viciously assaulted an emotionally troubled young man who was not suspected of a crime.

"I consider myself a peace officer," Tasca told Pro Libertate. "My thing is to help make sure that people are safe, and that they don’t have a reason to fear the police – that we treat them like human beings. The incident that started all of this was one in which I intervened to prevent excessive force against a kid who was the subject of a medical call, not a criminal suspect."
On April 29, 2011, Tasca was on patrol when she got a call for medical assistance. Former Bogota Council Member Tara Sharp, concerned about the erratic behavior of her 22-year-old son Kyle, called the police to take him to the hospital for a psychological evaluation. Requesting police intervention, particularly in cases of this kind, is never a good idea. Sharp was exceptionally fortunate that Officer Tasca was the first to respond: She has years of experience as an EMT and had just completed specialized training on situations involving psychologically disturbed people.

Once on the scene, Tasca acted quickly to calm down the distraught young man.



Anonymous said...

What is most horrible is the way her fellow LEO's in blue TURNED on her because she would not partake in the sadistic treatment of others.
Shows us what most are made of.
Kudo's to her, and sorry she has to endure the wrath of these sociopath officers.

Anonymous said...

She hit the nail on the head about young kids getting a gun and badge and thinking they are gods. They aren't. And when people point that out to them, their ego short circuits and they go into abuse mode.

Hiring returning vets from war units has the same effect. They are not properly debriefed when they return nor do they receive proper mental evals and treatment.

Just turned loose on society to do whatever they wish.

And the few good cops like in this article are punished ostracized for doing the right thing. The thing which they are hired to do.

And yet, cops cannot understand the hostility they face on a day to day manner.

They are their own worse enemies and they are not even aware of it.

Or maybe they are but just don't care.

Anonymous said...

The officers from Ridgefield Park should have just helped this caring, compassionate, experienced officer from Bogota, get this young man into her car, or called for EMS to take him to Bergen Pines Hosp. for his mental issues. The part about officers thinking they're God is absolutely true. Give these "kids" a gun & badge & they become arrogent, ego maniacs. Maybe someone should give them a taste of their own medicine.

lmclain said...

Lol! I'm feeling some antipathy for the "protect and serve" crowd. It will not, however, alter their behavior in any way. So, we continue to stock up on "medicine". Of all calibers.