N.J. teens locked in police van overnight reach settlement with city

Dec. 18, 2013 at 5:21 PM   |   0 comments

FORT LEE, N.J., Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Three New Jersey teens locked in a Fort Lee police van overnight in cold temperatures will receive $120,000 each in a settlement with the city, attorneys say.

The youths, age 16 or 17 at the time of the March 2011 incident, were left in the van for about 15 hours without food, water, restroom facilities or warm clothing until a passerby noticed them the following afternoon and notified police, the Record in Hackensack reported Tuesday.

Adam Kim, Liam Eisenberg and Kevin Jun were among about 13 minors detained when police broke up a house party. Five of the youths, including Kim, Eisenberg and Jun, were held in the vehicle after the others were taken into police headquarters.

The teenagers could not call for help because their cellphones had been confiscated, their lawsuit said.

The youths said police returned to the van during the night to respond to a call. When Jun called out, an officer told him to "shut up," the suit said. The youths were left in the van when police returned to the station.

An attorney for the city confirmed the settlement, but declined to discuss its terms. He said all the defendants, which included the city, the former police chief and 12 officers, admitted no guilt or liability in the settlement.

Since the incident, interiors of the the city's police vans have been reconfigured to allow for passengers in the rear of the vehicle to be more easily seen.

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