Two more correctional officers at the Edman Mahan Correction Facility were charged with official misconduct on Tuesday, bringing the total number of prison employees facing criminal charges after a January 12 incident to ten.
Attorney General Gurbir Grewal is alleging that Lt. Eddie Molina and Sgt. Andraia Bridges failed to prevent the use of excessive force during an extraction they witnessed.
Molina, a 42-year-old East Brunswick resident, was also charged with tampering with public records.
In a complaint, Grewal claims that Molina was supervising a five-person team for a forced cell extraction at 12:07 AM on January 12. One of the victims was pepper sprayed before being accorded the chance to comply with the team’s instructions as they entered her cell.
According to the attorney general’s office, the victim was viewed on video with visible facial injuries,
Bridges, 44 and a resident of North Plainfield, was part of the same team.
“When we first announced charges in this criminal investigation, I promised that we would follow the evidence wherever it leads and charge everyone responsible for these unjustified, brutal attacks. That is exactly what we are doing,” Grewal said. “Our investigation continues to produce results, as these charges demonstrate, and we are far from done.”
Gov. Phil Murphy said on Monday that he had no timeline for the completion of an independent investigation by Matthew Boxer, an attorney retained by the governor’s office.