Marlboro Cop Accused Of Beating Colts Neck Women, Breaking Her Face

Officer Donna Gonzalez and K-9 Saber

Officer Donna Gonzalez and K-9 Saber

A Marlboro Police Officer is accused of punching a Colts Neck woman in the face, breaking her orbital and then falsely arresting and imprisoning the woman, according to a federal lawsuit filed in Trenton last week.

Officers Donna Gonzalez and Joseph Meglio forced themselves into the Colts Neck home of Marlene Mazur on January 24, 2016 in response to a dispatch call reporting an argument between a man and a women, according the the suit filed by Freehold attorney Thomas Mallon on behalf of Mazur.  The complaint says that Mazur’s husband had gotten her car stuck in the snow and that by the time the Marlboro officers arrived at the Boundary Road home, the husband and their son had dug out the car and parked it in the garage.

Gonzalez and Meglio entered the home and demanded to speak to the husband. Gonzalez pushed Mazur against a wall and gestured as if she was going to punch her while Meglio followed the son upstairs and entered a room where the son’s children were staying.

Mazur demanded that the Marboro officers get a warrant and leave her home.  The officers prevented Mazur from calling the Colts Neck Police. Gonzalez pushed Mazur, punched her in the face and knocked her to the floor.

Mazur suffered a fractured left orbit which required reconstructive surgery.  A MVR recording of the incident recorded Meglio and/or other unnamed officers commending Gonzalez for the “nice shot.”

Mazur was arrested and charged with Obstructing the Administration of Law and Assaulting a Police Officer. A Monmouth County Grand Jury declined to indict Mazur and the case was sent to Colts Neck Municipal Court where it is still pending.

Mazur is suing the Township of Marlboro, the Marlboro Police Department, Gonzalez, Meglio, Chief Bruce Hill and up to 16 John Does employed by the Township and/or the Police Department.  The counts are Excessive Use of Force, Illegal Search and Seizure, False Arrest/Imprisonment, Failure to Intervene, Malicious Prosecution, Supervisory Liability and Violations of the New Jersey Civil Rights Act.

Marlboro Mayor Jon Hornik declined to comment on the litigation and said he has complete faith in the Township’s Police Department.

In a separate suit filed last week in Monmouth County Superior Court, Officer Gonzalez is suing the Township and the Police Department for SexDiscrimination, Racial Discrimination,Discrimination against a perceived disability, Retaliation, Hostile Work Environment, and violations of the Conscientious Employees Protection Act.

Posted: October 7th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Colts Neck, Marlboro, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , | 7 Comments »

7 Comments on “Marlboro Cop Accused Of Beating Colts Neck Women, Breaking Her Face”

  1. Mike Harmon said at 11:01 am on October 7th, 2016:

    We are from the government and we are here to help?

    A dispatch about an argument between a man and a woman? from who a neighbor who doesn’t like them?

    Get beat up by an officer for nothing in your own home and get charged with assualt?

    Didn’t allow them to call the Colts Neck police department?

  2. Tom Stokes said at 11:13 am on October 7th, 2016:

    While this is one side of the story, some serious questions do arise.

    1. Did the police actually enter the home without a warrant?
    2. Who called the police to report an “argument” between a man and a woman?
    3. Would that “call” provide a reason for the police to enter without a warrant in order to prevent a possible male from assaulting a female?

    It seems in this case, based solely upon “one-side” of the incident, that an assault was indeed perpetrated upon a woman, but not by a man but a policewoman.

    Whatever the real facts are, it does highlight the many complexities and challenges of being a police officer. Does a Police Report exist which would give “their” side to this incident?

    Before one rushes to judgement, we should have a clearer understanding of what really happened. The fact that the policewoman involved has now filed a lawsuit against the municipality does speak volumes in itself.

  3. Mike Harmon said at 11:36 am on October 7th, 2016:

    Mr. Stokes said it better than I did.

  4. Anne said at 12:13 pm on October 7th, 2016:

    Why did Marlboro respond to home in Colts Neck?

  5. Astraea said at 1:28 pm on October 7th, 2016:

    Anne – Boundary Rd, is the dividing line between Colts Neck & Marlboro. Both PDs may have an agreement that the closest car takes the call.

  6. Dan said at 7:50 pm on October 7th, 2016:

    This lady sounds like a typical psycho, with a strong sense of entitlement. They don’t need a search warrant if someone called in a domestic disturbance complaint.
    Than she goes and puts her hands on a cop, What did she expect?

  7. JS said at 12:45 pm on October 10th, 2016:

    Just because she is in law enforcement does not mean she was in the right. We have had an issue with her before and we were seriously going to file a complaint (which I understood that she has a pile of them) until the truth comes out we won’t know and even then we won’t know the full truth.