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TOPIC: Wildwood pays $75,000 to settle police intimidation and harassment suit

Wildwood pays $75,000 to settle police intimidation and harassment suit 3 years 4 weeks ago #724

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On May 11, 2008, the City of Wildwood (Cape May County) agreed to pay $75,000 to a local bar owner who sued members of the Wildwood Police Department for allegedly harassing him and his bar patrons and issuing bogus summonses.

In his suit, Michael C. Petaccio, who operated the Fairview Cafe, said that Officer David Romeo and Sergeant Terry Osler entered his bar on two occasions and harassed his customers even though the establishment was operating legally.  In the first instance, Petaccio claimed that Romeo entered his bar on June  of 2004, prior to the mandated 3 a.m. closing time, arrested Frank Miller, the D.J. who was providing music that night and later issued summonses for "playing music at one minute past 3:00 a.m."  Petaccio claimed that he and his bar were ultimately acquitted of the charges.

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