One should always stand up to bullies, even if they have a badge

24 Aug

I am glad to see that the corruption and racketeering of some in the Nassau Country Police Department does not go unchallenged, especially when the victim happens to be a gun shop owner on the border of his royal pompousness Emperor Bloomberg’s fiefdom (formerly known as New York City).  $5 million for wrongful arrest from alleged crooked cop with a beef.

The shakedown began in 2006 when Officer Erik Faltings in the Pistol Licensing Bureau of Nassau County came to gun shop owner Martin Tretola and asked him to release some weapons to a friend of Faltings in March of that year.  Tretola questioned the legality of such a request and as a responsible gun shop owner refused. 

Officer Faltings apparently didn’t like not being obeyed unquestioningly and according to charges in the court documents orchestrated a raid on Tretola’s T&T Gunnery store which included the Nassau County Fire Marshall, Nassau County Bomb Squad and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, and Tobacco.    It would seem that Officer Faltings likes to emulate Adolf Hitler who stated that one should lie big since the people would not believe that someone could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.

Tretola’s attorney, Steven Harfenist puts the ordeal succinctly when he states, “I feel (Faltings) had an animus towards Marty.  He didn’t like being told he didn’t know how to do his job.  He was trying to do somebody a favor and Marty didn’t go along with it.  (Faltings) came down with the dogs of war.”

So basically, if you stand up for what is right and not cave into a crooked cop and his cronyism you will get the dogs of war called down upon you.  And if you happen to be a gun shop owner, be prepared to have your name besmirched when you are brought up on trumped up gun charges.

The main charge in this case was that Tretola was operating an illegal firing range.  When the truth of the matter was he simply maintained a trap box – a device for safely discharging bullets from gun for test purposes.  That charge was dismissed.

Faltings wasn’t satisfied with having his vendetta interrupted by facts or the law so he later brought up charges for filing a false instrument for licensing requirements.  That charge was also dismissed.

The harassment and intimidation attempts did not stop there, last year Tretola was arrested for illegally selling assault weapons.  That charge was also dismissed.

Of course, the Nassau County Attorney John Ciampoli comes to the defense of his crooked officer dismissing the claim that Faltings had targeted Tretola.  Of course, with all the dismissing Ciampoli has dealt with in this case, maybe that is just his knee jerk reaction.   Thankfully, the federal jury in awarding Mr. Tretola $5 million wasn’t swayed by the thin blue line but rather took into account what was plain to see, badge or not a vendetta is a vendetta.

Ciampoli, instead of admitting there’s a crooked cop on the payroll and going after the criminal wearing a badge has decided to ask for the verdict in Tretola’s case to be set aside, and if that doesn’t work filing an appeal.

And people wonder why I will not willingly forfeit my rights to an officer on his whim.  Be they my 1st, 2nd, 4th, or 5th, I will not give up any rights for the ol’ “go along to get along” idiom.  The police are people just like anyone else.  Some are good people and others are not.

One should be wary in knowing which one they are dealing with because every so often you will, especially as a gun owner, come across an Officer Faltings who would use his badge for his own nefarious and selfish desires.

I would like to hope that a $5 million loss to the county would wake Officer Faltings or the county itself that such shenanigans and criminal activity will not be tolerated by the public servants but there’s the rub.  Neither Officer Faltings, nor DA Ciampoli will have to pay one red cent to this.  This buck gets passed onto the good taxpayers of Nassau County. 

I hope they remember who tolerates breaches of the public trust come next election.    

More on the  story can be read here.


Posted by on August 24, 2012 in Uncategorized


5 responses to “One should always stand up to bullies, even if they have a badge


    August 24, 2012 at 10:55 am

    What is sad is that the officer in question will not suffer any punishment for what he done. That is not much of an incentive for him not to do it again to someone else. He will make sure that they do not have the funds to take him to court next time. Men like officer Faltings should be held personaly accountable for their actions, he should be fired, possibly prosicuted for infringing on the rights of another citizen.

    • gunowners

      August 24, 2012 at 11:07 am

      Cliff, that is one of the issues I have always had with granting the police qualified immunity. It gives them a nigh carte blanche ability to do whatever they want and later claim “I didn’t intend to be wrong, or violate his rights”. The onus of proof is so high that crooked cops often get away with their initial corruption in order to become better at their corruption the next time.

  2. William

    August 24, 2012 at 11:30 am

    It may be a New York thing, but in Indiana the officer can personally be sued along with the entity. As a retired LE officer, this officer’s conduct is unacceptable. Favors and “pats-on-the-back” are present in all fields of business and life, however if a person is not comfortable in a request this is where it should stop. This so-called officer is no better than a common criminal and his superiors are lacking in their ability to lead. Good luck to Mr. Tretola.

  3. Scott

    August 25, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Sounds like something a mob hooligan would ask for someone to do…were the shop owners legs broken?

  4. james

    October 6, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    its ok to raid our house in 2002 in october at 8:30 t night. they took all my guns and my mothers. they took our house apart. we could not get a lawyer. but the county never checked on us. we was a non-profit foundation. we found out they was told to raid our house and they made a mistake we was innocent people.before the raid i found out they was looking us over for around aweek. why? we dont know. they had false complaints. they should have gave eveything back. maybe we shouldnt have bring the internal revenue service in. oops there goes your budget. everytime.


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