Last night, several tipsters wrote us about police activity at Montclair Library around 6 p.m., with two young women yelling in front of the library. According to Lt. Scott Buehler, police responded to the Montclair Public Library on South Fullerton Avenue on a report of disruptive juveniles. After hearing a disturbance, police attempted to escort three disruptive teens from the building. One of the teens refused to terminate a cell phone conversation (cell phone usage is prohibited by library rules). According to the police report, the teens became loud and argumentative before finally leaving the library. Then, they stood in front of the library, blocking those from entering or leaving. The group was again told by police to leave the property, but police say they stood in the street in front of the library and continued to cause a scene. A13-year-old Montclair female, was taken into custody for her involvement in the ongoing disturbance and the teen’s mother was contacted.
According to police, Kim White arrived at the library and was advised by police that her daughter was taken into custody. White responded that her daughter was allowed to be in the library, as it was a public building, and threatened to sue. White then became loud and argumentative, which incited another parent and other female juveniles in the library to shout and argue with the police. Officers then told White that her daughter would have to be handcuffed and transported to headquarters. The police report states that White became enraged and lept towards one of the officers, attempting to push him out of the way. She wedged herself between the officer and her daughter, putting her daughter in a bear hug and preventing officers from handcuffing the juvenile. White then shouted, spit, and elbowed two of the officers. Police then advised White that she was also going to be placed under arrest. After a struggle, White was placed under arrest.
While handcuffed, White tried to escape the grip of one of the officers and lunged in the direction of another officer before spitting at the officer. As a result of the struggle, one officer suffered scratches on his arms, while another officer suffered pain in his right wrist.
The juvenile was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. She was later turned over to another family member. White, 53, of Montclair, was charged with obstruction of the administration of law, aggravated assault against a police officer, and resisting arrest. Bail was set at $20,000.