Mercer County’s Mis-Treated Officer

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How can a person be a sworn member of Law Enforcement for the County of Mercer and be treated as though she has committed some crime when all she did was what her duty called for.

Since 2008, my sister has put her life on the line as a member of the Mercer County Department of Corrections. While my Sister Robin Hallett may not have lost her life, she lost her home, car, business, income to support herself, and she is in a physical battle daily with severe pain that she has to live with for the rest of her life.

On two separate occasions my Sister was involved in two very violent altercations with inmates during her tours of duty that resulted in her sustaining severe injuries.

June 2012 a female inmate violently assaulted my sister, her two sergeants and several other female officers. While they were trying to restrain this inmate she sustained several blows and kicks that injured her shoulder, elbow, back and knee. During treatment for this injury, my sister was pregnant and her treatment was halted due to the high risk of her pregnancy. This resulted in my Sister having a miscarriage, and when her treatment was resumed by Mercer County, they sent her to Dr. Kirschner of Kirschner Spine Institute. He told her, “Had she not been pregnant with that critter in her, he would have been sent her back to work. My Sister was outraged and distraught. She wrote up this unprofessional, unethical behavior to Sue Schaeffer who is the social worker for officers and Beth Scarrella who is the director. Nothing was done regarding this issue.

June 2013 my Sister Robin was called to respond to a code involving a female from her unit. During this altercation, this female threatened to kill my sister, kill her children and family in front of several Lts, Sgts and fellow officers. This incident resulted in my sister having heard her back crack and re-sustained the injury to her right knee during this altercation. Although my Sister reported her injury in June, the County did not send her out for treatment until July 8th 2013, after a Sgt wrote up a report in response to my Sister having written several complaints of an injury. During this time my sister complained of major lower back pain and pain in her knew.

Although her union contract under “Rules for Occupational Injury Leave page 12 section 16.3 states that

Any employee who is disabled due to an occupational injury or illness shall be granted a leave of absence with full pay for the period of time the employee is disabled. Such disability is to be determined by the County Physician. Said leave of absence shall be limited to a maximum of one year from the date of injury or until temporary disability payment would have terminated, whichever is sooner. New Jersey Workers Compensation law shall apply if the disability continues beyond one year.

This did not apply to my Sister Robin, she was only given 6 weeks of physical therapy for her back and knee injury. She complained to the therapist and treating doctor that the therapy was hurting her more than helping. They completely ignored her. She told me the therapist told her he knew exactly what was wrong with her but could not do anything because she was a workers comp case. My sister also complained that the social worker sent her back to Dr. Kirschner the same doctor who made prejudicial statements to her during her last treatment. When she refused to be seen again by Dr. Kirschner, the county’s answer to her complaint was that she has to go to the Kirschner Institute but she would be seen by Dr. Andre Hu and not doctor Kirschner.

Who heals from a severe back injury with the complaints my Sister has after only six weeks of physical therapy, a Novocain back injection shot and only a MRI to her right knee was ordered by Dr. Hu.

Immediately after the six weeks of therapy the county sent my sister to take her first FCE or Functional capacity evaluation.

This test is so biased. Many lawyers are fighting the misuse of FCE’s, questioning their reliability and validity. Most FCE’s are companies hired by employers to be biased against workers. One lawyer I spoke with said most reports do not include an employees work level, in my sister case he said, for instance, would she be able to tolerate the mandatory overtime which is 8-16 hour shifts oftentimes 5X a week? These tests more often say the worker is exhibiting self-limiting behavior during their performance at the fce. The attorney I spoke with said there are too many inconsistencies in the test and these companies give biased interpretations and conclusions that claim in the case of my Sister that her limits are self-imposed over being imposed by her injuries she sustained during the altercation in 2012/2013.

This misuse of the fce for instance was apparent when my sister was injured in 2012, although she passed the FCE in 2012, the FCE returned her to work full duty but put a limitation on her ability to restrain inmates. The fce concluded she should not restrain inmates when she returned to work, but when she returned to work the county did not give my sister a copy of that fce, nor the diagnosis. At that time she did not have knowledge of her legal rights nor did she have legal representation. She just returned to work and out of her own pocket, she paid for her own continued physical therapy.

When she was injured in 2013, she informed Dr. Andre Hu her shoulder pain had returned during her treatment after that altercation. Dr. Hu did nothing to address her shoulder injury. He told her that she was not a regular patient and could not fully treat her because she was a workers comp case.

After the FCE the county moved to fire my sister, they did not offer her light duty , just termination. They charged my sister with being unfit for duty. A charge like she committed a crime because she failed the fce. In addition the county cancelled my sisters health insurance and stop paying her when the six-week treatment was up. Dr. Hu said she reached maximum medical improvement, therefore the county stopped paying her and she had no health insurance to find out what was actually wrong with her back.

During this time my niece, nephew and I all rotated staying with my sister to help her cope through this most difficult time. Not only was she depressed, she could not believe how the county of Mercer was treating her. A correction officer, who was dutiful, injured during the line of duty and now treated like a criminal.

Do you know what it was like to watch my Sister so depressed, suffering from severe pains and not know the cause of her back pain. Ashe is a dedicated, hardworking woman, who cared more about doing good in the community, always giving of herself, taking care of her family and new grandchildren now reduced to waking up in the middle of the night with severe back pains, she suffers from shooting pains down her legs, her spine continuously hurt, and severe pain that hovers at the base of her spine, spasms that shoot up and down her back, her back would lock and freeze and harden where she could not move. Squatting, bending would be done in extreme pain. Her pain would get so bad that she could not stand, nor walk, not lie down, riding in the car is her worse pain, and otc medicine did nothing to relieve her pain.

With all this going on, my Sister’s successful boutique was lost and had to close after three successful years, then she was evicted from her apartment, they kept her furniture, clothing, crafting supplies, appliances, dishes her personal possessions, then her car broke down and she could not afford to repair it. This hurt my family to the core, we watched my sister a proud member of law enforcement working 16 hour days to being homeless, bedbound most days suffering in pain silently.

June of 2014 my sister spoke with someone from charity care, after numerous visits to the ER they suggested she apply for charity care. Once approved they offered free limited medical services. She met with Dr. Buono who ordered SI joint injections. The first procedure was not successful. She said she was still in pain and the shots did not help. Dr. Buono then ordered Dr. Applbaum to do trigger injections and right joint injections. My sister said it was the worse pain/procedure she had ever endured in her life. The procedure was not successful, she remembered waking during the procedure feeling the injections. She was then brought out of sedation placed in a waiting room and then brought back in to the operating room for the procedure to be tried again under a cat scan. Dr. Applbaum was unsuccessful again. He told her there was a narrowing in her spine between the L5 and S1 that he could not perform the injections.

When that procedure was done my sister said her pain was even worse and her back hardening was getting worse after each injection procedure.

At this point Dr. Buono sent her to see a pain management Dr., Dr. Cruciani. They both told her they could not proceed until her pain was under control.

The county was still proceeding to fire her. They were successful November 2014 my sister was informed she was fired for failure to perform her duty. We encouraged my sister to seek further legal counsel, as the county was still proceeding with termination of employment. Her first attorney was unsuccessful. At her first hearing in March of 2014 the judge in Burlington County said she did not look like she was hurt. That’s what the judge told her attorney. How can a judge make a medical decision by looking at a person?

She was receiving no respite. The first attorney failed to prove her case and a judge said she’s not injured based on how she looked.

My sister fell further into depression.

It is painful to watch my sister go through this. She loved being a correction officer. She took her duty seriously, always went above and beyond the call of duty.

Prior to becoming a correction officer, my Sister worked for the Board of Education and part-time for the Life Skills Academy as a class instructor throughout prisons in NJ.

In her spare time, she devoted herself to uplifting her community. And received numerous awards and citations from civic and community leaders, outreach programs, organizations and worked alongside politicians, churches and community organizations such as Senator Shirley Turner, Assemblymen Reed Gusciora, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson-Coleman from the 15 Legislative District, former Trenton Mayor Douglas H. Palmer Trenton Weed and Seed, The Boys & Girls Club, BOLES, Sister 2 Sister, former Police Chief Joe Constance, Mothers Against Violence, Trenton Housing Authority and countless others. My Sister is the founder of Women of Virtue Inc., where she continues to serve tirelessly to help educate and improve the lives of at risk women, adolescent girls, and families throughout Mercer County for over 14 years.

My Sister took an oath to become an upstanding public servant, who is being treated like a criminal. She just suffers in silence, not asking for anything. Even today she cannot afford her medications. Currently she takes: Mobic, flexeril, Neurontin, soma, Percocet, Lidoderm patches and Dr. Cruciani prescribed a tens unit (electronic stimulating machine for her back) but she cannot afford to buy it. Her attorney said she would forward the scripts to the county for them to pay it. Her attorneys Gaylord & Popp have not heard anything yet. Being that she gets charity care the services she receives are limited, they cannot do anything regarding her scripts or further treatment.

My name is Danyetta and my niece Robin decided to tell her story and ask for your support. We felt her story needs to be heard.

“Sometimes the strongest amongst us are the ones who smile through silent pain, cry behind closed doors and fight battles nobody knows about.” (author unknown)

That’s the Sister, Friend, Mother, Daughter, Grand-Mother, Officer, Public Servant, , Colleague and Community Activist that we all know and Love.

I pray we can count on your financial support.

Trenton Triple Threat : Message of Solidarity

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My company #GlamNationManagementI manages their music careers. The guys wanted to make a statement not just with their music, and not the fact that they donate some of their time to inspiring youth to express themselves creatively through music and art, but on a more national level. The campaign of #BlackLivesMatter and #ICantBreathe their label #FrontLineEntertainment supported them sending a message of solidarity and support all the way from #TrentonNJ Check out #BMooreSincere #TrentonPayper #Te’ZhuenWatson cause #BlackLivesDoMatter

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R.I.P. Tamisha Ridge #MeeshaBoohkeepsewing

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I’m about two weeks or so late but I wanna send this shout out to #TamishaRidge #MeeshaBooTaughtMe, I learned so much from this beautiful, young lady. She inspired millions to sew around the world.

Her life was tragically taken by an ex who shot her to death as she slept. She leaves her parents and three children behind.
We need to re-visit the issues of #DomesticViolence but that’s for another time.

I really just wanted to give my RIP, to remind us how short life is. Tamisha Ridge or Meesha Boho as she was affectionately called was our Sewing Guru/Diva. Everyday you could find tutorials on everything fashionable. She inspired us to sew with confidence and ease. She did it all; fashion hauls, thrifting, she sold fabric and had her own Clothing Fashion Lines. My favorite was the ever so popular Wett Baby, her swimwear collection and so much more. She offered advice, tips and simple tricks to make dresses, leggings, peplum, maxi, mini or whatever we requested she covered it. We enjoyed seeing that her children were involved. I remember her daughter was filming, or her Son was crafting his boots or the occasional drop by of the children during the video. We’d be introduced to family, friends and clients who came by for her sewing tutorials. She also gave us spiritual inspiration with words from the scriptures found on every tutorial.

The last thing I remember was that Tamisha was getting ready for the fashion show she was having in which she posted videos of casting, practice and sneak peaks of her clothing lines. Please go check out her work if you are on IG, YouTube or Facebook. She has taught and touched so many. She always had some great tutorials or advice for the eager beginner or novice sewer. She was always inspiring us and left us with that heartwarming smile. Many of us were blessed to be shouted out by her or chatted with her and followed her YouTube channel know how Sad I’m feeling right now. Sad that such a wonderful person has been taken so soon. I believe she’s in Gods arms. I say to my fellow sewers and fashionistas..Keep sewing, tell the world who inspired us so her family knows we care and support them in seeking justice for her unfortunate passing.
She will be missed. She would want us to keep sewing, fashion hauling and posting our work. Keep subscribing to her channel Meeshabooh. If you with me, remember her by hashtagging #Meeshataughtme.
RIP SIS Tamisha Ridge May 14, 2014

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TEAIRRA MAR’I – The Ms. HOLLYHOOD Interview

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Pencil Skirts and Ties, the event held at Ambassador Ballroom. I had a chance to interview some local talented artist who opened up the show. The show opened with #B.Moore whose sexy swag, style and sound crooned the ladies with seduction to his hit song “Again”. It was reminiscent of the 80-90’s Classic R&B. Next was hip hop artist #TrentonPayper. He got the crowd hyped with his infectious new dance song “The Money Dance” the crowd eagerly shouted encore so they could learn this new dance. The night flowed with more local talent until Ms HOLLYHOOD Teairra Mar’i arrived looking fashionably Fabulous as always.
Teairra Mar’i arrived with her glam team/stylist Gianni.
Teairra Mar’i wore this maroon/sheer slinky, sexy little dress with a leather shingle jacket and matching fringe boots.
TS: Who are you wearing tonight?
TM-A new designer out of Detroit called “House of Élan”
TS: How did you choose this dress, what inspired this evenings fashion?
TM: My boots. I always start with my shoes, then my stylist finished the look.
TS: You look fabulous, your makeup, hair and fashion.
TM: Thank you. I love fashion, love checking for up and coming designers.
TS: You’re our girl next door. That’s how everyone sees you. Next door to Hollywood success.
TM: I’m the epitome of HOLLYHOOD! I can be chilling having a great time, I’m your girl til somebody tries to cross me and I have to get hood on them quickly.
TS: rumor mill alert?
TM: okay
TS: I heard you’re reunited with your Ex- Ray J on an upcoming reality tv project?
TM: Me and Ray J go back a long way, something like 10 years.
TS: Ray J is casted for Love & Hip-Hop LA, is that where you guys will reunite?
TM: where did you hear that?
TS: Well I also heard part of the original cast was replaced with the likes of Dawn Richards, Aubrey O’Day ( both are member of Danity Kane) and Ms. Joy ( Bow-Wow baby mama), Omarion and The Game?
TM: Hmmm, sounds like an impressive cast, but I have no comment. I do have a tv project in the works and it has been an emotional ride filming it.
TS: So you’re not gonna tell us if it’s Love & Hip-Hop LA?
TM: You will just have to wait and see (she gives us that girl next door smile).
We continued to chat it up as if we were girlfriends next door catching up. Teairra Mar’i is a doll. She has brains, beauty and talent. (Acting or singing) I had to let her go, the crowd was over anxious for her to belt out her tunes we love. As she rocked the mic, danced with the crowd, I scouted the floor for more fashionable mentions.
Fashionable Mentions:
B. Moore
Trenton Payper
Ciara- #BodyCentral
Kiana- #CharlotteRousse
Dora – #MichaelKors shoes

FYI: A few days after my interview I learned according to #TMz and #Bossip.com #TeairraMari was spotted out with #RayJ where an altercation occurred with her and Princess who is Ray J’s current girlfriend during the taping of #LOVEANDHIPHOPLA.
We got our confirmation and can’t wait to see our girl. (I hope Teairra Mar’i won that round) given her on-again off-again relationship with Ray J, I’m sure this will not be their last run in.

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Why Do Women Hate Other Women?

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I’m so disgusted over this fact that women hate other women. Why? Men do not experience or go through this type of behavior. Too often women hate women for no darn reason at all. We clique up and alienate other women with our vicious verbal and sometimes the attacks become physical. I know you’ve heard me say this over and over again, but it’s a subject I’m passionate about, and I am willing to work hard to eradicate this self-hate, and destructive behavior that we pass on from generation to generation, peer to peer.

This epidemic is a social nightmare. YouTube, Facebook and Twitter is filled with comments and videos of this behavior that is encouraged when it should be completely unacceptable. The fact that it’s acted out on social media so rampantly let’s me know how low we really think of each other as women. It’s not about skin color. This women hate women crosses color and age lines. This deep rooted psychological self hate the we reflect upon one another is even instilled in our daughters. I’ve seen mothers encourage their daughters unacceptable bullying behavior.

How do we counter this behavior that is borderline bullying?

With simple acts of self-love, self-value, self-worth and mutual self-respect, We would make much more progress as women. if we truly believed in this mantra I learned from being an MGT. “I WANT FOR MY SISTER WHAT I WANT FOR MYSELF”, THE WORLD and yes I said THE WORLD would be a much better place. Now just say it, apply it, speak it, believe it! There is room for All of us to be successful without clawing each other to death as Women…. Most of this behavior is socially related, psychologist even believe it starts with a mother/daughter relationship or lack thereof. What do you think?