Newark must pay $4.1 million for missteps in student’s death
Tragic story in which an NPD police dispatcher failed to do her job effectively, potentially preventing the death of two Seton Hall students in 2000. The penalty will have a substantial impact on the city’s already tight budget.
An Essex County jury has ordered Newark to pay $4.1 million to the family of a murdered Seton Hall University student because of mistakes made by a police dispatcher and 911 operator during her abduction.
The jury’s verdict came after the attorney for Sohayla Massachi’s family argued that prompt action by the Newark police may have prevented her murder after she was abducted by a jilted boyfriend in May 2000.