FORT LEE, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Officials were investigating how officers in northern New Jersey forgot about five teenagers locked up in a police van.

Fort Lee’s attorney said the commanding officer of the shift and two other officers have been suspended with pay.

Lawyer Lee Cohen told The Record newspaper there was a serious error.

The teens were among a group of 20 who were rounded up after neighbors complained about a house party early Saturday. Cohen said the five were left behind when the van reached police headquarters.

One of the teens, Adam Kim, said in an e-mail that he and four other boys were “stranded” for more than 14 hours with no food, water or cellphones.

The boys said they were released after an officer heard them making noise.

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Comments (9)
  1. justice says:

    their are above the law,remember how they acted after katrina out of control

  2. Moral Truth says:

    Why were the officers suspended for doing their jobs?

    These teenagers were out past 1am drinking. Plus the parents should have been charged with child endangerment.

    It seems like the race card is being played here because the teenagers are Korean and thats the moral truth

    1. Lee says:

      I thought only blacks and jews play the race card? No?

    2. Eddy says:

      the race card are you serious? I’m a white male and racism or not, even if the children committed murder its against the laws of this country to hold them in a vehicle for up to 14 hours without adequate facilities in the freezing weather, where possibly they could’ve possibly died. Get your facts straight before you go assuming things.

  3. Trishe says:

    Cops do it all the times, that’s why they get suspended with pay so that they can do it again.

  4. Dan Te says:

    The teens were probably doing drugs at the party and fell asleep for 14 hrs in the van.

  5. chris says:

    suspended with pay. I see, now they are on vaction

  6. baine campbell says:

    “or cell phones” hahahahaha

  7. a says:

    suspended with pay. ridiculous. 14 hours.?? whre were theparents looking for the kids??

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