Yesterday’s news about the decision in the Dean Gaymon case has prompted reactions from many doubters, questioning the truth behind the story presented by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.
Upon hearing the announcement that the grand jury declined to bring any charges against Officer Edward Esposito, the Chairman of the Garden State Equality (GSE), Steven Goldstein, immediately called for a federal civil rights investigation, in accordance with the law. He vowed that his organization would work with Essex County authorities to preserve the quality of life in the parks without relying on undercover patrols, since he feels that system is ineffective and puts civil rights at risk.
In Gay City News, Duncan Osborne explained that GSE has documents obtained under the state’s open records law that indicate a history of undercover public sex stings in Essex County parks, including Branch Brook Park. According to yesterday’s article,, the records indicate that Esposito was involved in at least 19 public sex sting arrests in Essex County parks. Last January, Osborne told Baristanet that the records suggest that Esposito was involved in at least three other public sex arrests in 2009, all of which turned violent.
A Baristanet commenter had this to say about yesterday’s announcement:
The cover up continues. And as usual, the prosecution uses the Grand Jury as a weapon to advance the prosecution interests — and in this case, the prosecution interest was to protect someone on their side, a police officer — and in doing so send a message to all police officers.
The grand jury gets to hear ONLY what the prosecution wants them to hear. The other side of the story is not presented to the Grand Jury…
Nearly a year later, this story has finally been made to seem clean and straight forward. In the weeks following the shooting, the authorities just kept changing the story again and again whenever the impossible-to-believe holes in it were pointed out. Whatever the truth of this shooting — whether Gaymon attacked or not — the authorities’ constantly changing the story screams of coverup.
What do you think? Do you believe Esposito’s story or do you have doubts?