Prosecutor reviewing cases handled by Paterson cops who were arrested

The Passaic County prosecutor’s office said Friday that it will review cases that involve one or both of the Paterson police officers charged this week with federal civil rights violations.

The office will review the prosecutions where either of the officers signed the complaint, handled evidence, testified in a judicial proceeding or provided material information leading to an arrest, complaint or indictment. 

A spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office did not immediately respond to questions about how many cases might be under review and from what time period.

Jonathan Bustios, 28, and Eudy Ramos, 31, both of Paterson, were arrested Wednesday by federal agents and charged with conspiring to deprive individuals of civil rights under color of law. Bustios was also charged with extortion under color of official right.

Investigators found that Bustios and Ramos allegedly stopped drivers, detained them and searched their vehicles without justification. On one occasion in February, authorities said, they stole an undisclosed amount of money from a BMW.

Bustios is also charged with obtaining a gun through a person he detained in March, in exchange for bargaining down criminal charges, authorities said.

Both officers have been suspended without pay.

Their alleged conduct was detected through an early warning system that the Paterson Police Department has had in place for several years and that Attorney General Gurbir Grewal established as a directive for all departments.   

Allison Pries may be reached at apries@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @AllisonPries. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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