Edison police officer resigns after arrest in Belmar

A Belmar police cruiser. FILE PHOTO / THE COAST STAR

BELMAR — An Edison police officer resigned after being arrested for allegedly pushing and shouting at police officers at D’Jais on Sunday, June 11.

Dimitry Smolkin was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and interference with business, according to a criminal complaint filed in Belmar Municipal Court.

According to the complaint, the arrest occurred at about 10:20 p.m. after Mr. Smolkin allegedly pushed and shouted at another person in the bar.

He was asked by Belmar police officers to quiet down but responded by shouting profanities at them. The officers then proceeded to arrest him, the complaint states, and he allegedly resisted by pushing them.

Mayor Matthew Doherty, who said he learned of Mr. Smolkin’s resignation from the Edison Police Department from news reports, added that there should be no tolerance for this type of behavior in Belmar.

“The expectation for everyone is when you are in Belmar, you have to behave,” the mayor said. “It is not a very high bar.”

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Connor Northrup is a Reporter at The Coast Star. He can be reached at cnorthrup@thecoaststar.com or at 732-223-0076, ext 23.
  • Chris

    that article is very poorly written