Dozens of criminal cases are being tossed out in Union County because Monroe police officers never finished the paperwork needed for prosecution.
The police department said it was notified Tuesday by the district attorney’s office that 39 defendants' cases are being dismissed. The district attorney said most of the cases were drug or financial fraud related.
The district attorney said none of the dismissed cases resulted in the release from jail of any suspects charged.
Monroe City Manager John D'Agostino said the inaction and inability of officers to not complete the necessary paperwork needed for the district attorney to prosecute cases is inexcusable. He said interim Police Chief Bryan Gilliard has already implemented command structure changes to better monitor cases and has made modifications to the computer case tracking system.
Eyewitness News is looking into the action the department is taking to find out which officers are responsible. Tune in to Eyewitness News starting at 5 p.m. for the latest information.