NJ Cop: Constitutional Right to Take Pictures in Public Null Because ‘Obama Has Decimated the Friggin’ Constitution’

A New Jersey police officer is making headlines for how he responded Monday to a resident taking pictures in a public building. When the resident, one Steve Wronko, explained that it was his constitutional right, the officer told Wronko that “Obama has decimated the friggin’ constitution, so … if he doesn’t follow the constitution, we don’t have to.”

According to USA Today, the officer in question is Special Police Officer Richard Recine of the Borough of Helmetta Police Department, and he is now under an internal affairs investigation after the video was posted online and was seen by Police Director Robert Manney.

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Director Manney, who actually appears in the video after Recine made his statements, says Wronko was “looking for an issue” but still called Officer Recine’s comments an “embarrassment.” He assures USA Today that the investigation will be “completed swiftly” due to the overwhelming evidence.

(via USA Today)

Update: According to, Officer Recine has officially resigned following the incident.

  • Mark C

    Half the morons I know have and MBA. MBA’s are for people who couldn’t get into law school.

  • Zos Xavius

    I never said they were. I guess comprehension isn’t your strong suite.

  • tomnewtn

    Wrong. One half of our government made this decision contrary to the wishes of the vast majority of the American people. This, while slamming the door on the other half of our representative government while sneering “we won”.

  • Edgar Allan Bro

    What you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  • Mr Hogwallop

    Being a tad offensive is grounds for arrest? Book everyone Danno!

  • Richard Ford

    I think he needs to learn what decimated means too. He probably meant to say masacred?

  • ksporry

    you’re taking my statement completely out of context. of course the police made a mistake in this case, but from a european perspective the police behaved polite. Wrong, but polite.