And in the same breath, he is suing city police and an alleged police informant for defamation.
Ed “NJ Weedman” Forchion amended his civil lawsuit against Trenton Police and Mercer County prosecutors to include new defendants and claims of slander, libel and defamation.
He contends city police officers Sheehan “Murder” Miles and Sgt. Brian Suschke, along with a Trenton Police informant, conspired to make a drug case against the marijuana activist and robbed him of his good name by saying he dealt weed out of his East State Street restaurant.
In addition to the cops and the alleged “rat,” Forchion added city clerk Richard Kachmar as a defendant in the lawsuit, alleging he illegally yanked his business license earlier this year.
Miles was one of the police officers who kicked Forchion’s workers out of the restaurant last month after the city revoked the activist’s business license. Miles was caught on tape threatening to arrest people if they didn’t leave the establishment.
The marijuana activist called Miles a “murderer” for fatally shooting a city man during an apparent struggle over a gun in August.
Forchion cast doubt on the official account of the off-duty shooting involving Miles, who was with a female companion at a post-funeral gathering when two brothers scuffled.
“It’s always the officer’s side that gets published,” Forchion said. “Dead men make no comments.”
Miles, who was off-duty at the time, apparently heard a gunshot and intervened in a fight between brothers Constantine and Alfred Toe.
Miles drew his weapon and ordered Constantine to the ground, confiscating a handgun. Alfred grabbed at the weapon in Miles’ hand, and the off-duty cop shot him in the chest.
Prosecutors did not identify Miles, who also apparently broke up a street fight earlier in the year, as the shooter but numerous sources did.
Miles has been on the force for more than 13 years and makes $91,871.
He was apparently cleared and back patrolling the streets of Trenton by late September, when he was sent over to enforce the closure of Forchion’s business.
While the cops are covered by the city’s deep pockets, the alleged police informant appears to be penniless. Forchion says the informant’s home was recently foreclosed on.
But the marijuana activist isn’t suing the alleged informant because he’s hoping to get rich.
“I just wanna shake his world, just like he shook my world,” Forchion said. “He was sent on a mission to entrap me. Suing him, he will have to be deposed. He defamed me; he told the authorities I was selling drugs. He earned this lawsuit. I want him to testify in my civil and criminal cases. I want to make him a star.”
Even though the alleged informant is named in the lawsuit, The Trentonian is withholding his name because it has not independently confirmed he is the unnamed cooperator referenced in police reports and court papers.
Pennsylvania court records show the alleged informant was charged last year by Bensalem Police with selling fake Eagles tickets to a New Jersey buyer for $600.
The informant was allowed into a diversion program and had to do community service for hawking the counterfeit tickets, court records show.
Meanwhile, Mercer County prosecutors asked a judge to shield the informant’s name from the public in Forchion’s drug case, saying the informant risks life and limb if his or her identity is revealed.
A hearing is scheduled for Halloween.
Forchion contends he should know who is accusing him of selling $300 marijuana out of NJ Weedman’s Joint.
The sales to the alleged undercover informant led to an April raid and roundup of 11 people, including Forchion, on drug-related charges. Police said the raid netted $19,000 worth of marijuana.
Vehicles including Forchion’s Weedmobile, which was crushed, were also impounded during the raid.
The original civil rights complaint, filed by attorney Ed Heyburn, named city police director Ernest Parrey Jr. and Mercer County acting prosecutor Angelo Onofri, as well as Capt. Eldemiro Gonzalez, Detective Yolanda Ward and police officer Herbert Flowers.
Forchion has dared Flowers to sue him for accusing him, in person and in a lawsuit, of having sex with an underage girl while he worked his police beat at one of the capital city’s housing complex.
Last month, prosecutors indicted Forchion for allegedly cyber-bullying the bike cop – a move that has been roundly criticized by free speech advocates.
The lawsuit alleged that Onofri and Parrey turned a blind eye to police officers taking steroids, trading protection for sex and fabricating information about confidential informants in order to get around probable cause.
The lawsuit faulted Onofri for covering up and not rooting out widespread corruption in the department.
In the amended complaint, Forchion says Kachmar committed “mail fraud” by intentionally sending a letter informing him his business license had been revoked to a Sicklerville home belonging to Forchion’s mother.
NJWeedman, who no longer lives at that residence, had his business license reinstated within days after he questioned why the letter was not sent to his business “directly across the street from Mr. Kachmar’s office at City Hall.”
In his defense, Kachmar said the Sicklerville address was listed on Forchion’s business license.
Forchion further alleged the city official shut him down without giving him a chance to fight more than 20 citations he was issued for staying open past the city’s 11 p.m. curfew.
Forchion contends – and the city seems to agree – the curfew applies only to businesses in residential zones.
NJ Weedman’s Joint is in a business zone, according to a map obtained by The Trentonian.
Forchion feels he’ll be vindicated and sitting pretty when his cases are over.
“Charging and indicting is very easy,” he said. “Getting a conviction on someone who is informed is very hard.”