Can't we all just get along and let poor TayTay shoot his movie.... Cheese and Rice....gah....
Long before actor Taylor Lautner showed up in Forward Township to film the new movie "Abduction," friction existed between the Police Department and a township supervisor.
But the bad blood grew worse when Forward Township Supervisor Tom DeRosa was scolded for trying to take a picture of Lautner, and police refused to help him take action against the production crew."We have a police force right now that is dysfunctional," DeRosa told Channel 4 Action News' Jim Parsons.
DeRosa said he tried last month to snap a photo of Lautner for his 13-year-old daughter.
"He said, 'You took a picture this morning of my son,'" DeRosa said.
"This was Taylor Lautner's father?" Parsons asked.
"His father," DeRosa said. "I said, 'Oh, bud, I didn't know that.' I said, 'I didn't know I couldn't take a picture.' ...
He said, 'I want you to leave.' I'm in the township that I basically oversee, they're strangers from California, interrupt our traffic, interrupt our people, were rude as you could get, and they tell me to leave."
DeRosa told Parsons that he threatened to tow the film crew's vehicles out of a municipal park unless they paid a $500 fee to the township.
Forward Township police Officer Jason Miller said that when officers refused to help DeRosa, he used cars from his private dealership.
"In essence, they blocked that park in so that company could not move their property until they paid money to the township," said Miller, who called it "extortion."
Miller said DeRosa took revenge on the Police Department after that by seizing department computers, ordering officers to sit in their patrol cars for their entire shifts and no idling engines, meaning no air conditioning in 90-degree weather.
Miller said DeRosa interfered with a speeding ticket that he wrote to the supervisor's friend.
Miller said the situation reached a breaking point Wednesday when DeRosa demanded to know his private cell phone number.
"And when I refused, they told me to take your gun off, take your badge off, give me your keys, you're done," said Miller.
Miller was fired after 11 years on the job. DeRosa admitted to firing him because he refused to reveal his cell phone number.
Miller said he has asked the attorney general's office to investigate DeRosa.
Following the township supervisors' Thursday night meeting, Channel 4 Action News' Ashlie Hardway asked DeRosa about Miller.
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