There was an informal meeting at the Gloucester Community Center in Clayton, New Jersey, on Saturday, to discuss the findings on "revaluations" by Appraisal Systems, Inc., which was hired by the state to assess the fair market property values for each county.
Eileen Hart told Examiner.com that she attended the meeting, armed with "her Constitution and the facts."
"I tried to express my opinion and tell them that my Constitutional rights had been violated. I began quoting the Constitution, line by line," said Hart.
Hart claimed that Appraisal Systems Inc. was attempting to inspect her property without her husband being present. As an Orthodox Jew, this is against the tenets of her religion.
When Hart started to recall this incident at the meeting, it was not well received: "[The head of the meeting] also wouldn't let me speak and told me to sit down and shut up and listen as well. That's when the young man came toward me. I knew he was going to put his hands on me. I saw him out of the corner of my eye. I said to him 'Don't you dare touch me.'"
"Then they threw us out of the auditorium. The young man [was] from Appraisal Systems, Inc. was the one going postal, and I believe if he had a gun, he would have shot me, Keith and Khloe on the spot. I was calm the entire time."
When the Harts left the meeting, they were followed into the parking lot by the same young man, who started shouting at her, wrote down the license plate number of her vehicle and said: "See if you are able to pay your property taxes now!"
When Hart returned home with her family, there were 5 police cars from the Franklinville Police Department. They advised her that the Clayton Police wanted to talk to her about some "allegations."
Hart's purse was taken from her and she was transported to a police station in Clayton, New Jersey, where she was arrested and booked for "terroristic threats" and "contempt."
At the police station, she was handcuffed to a chair, while the cops ran a background check, which showed that she was the lawful owner of two handguns.
She was advised to turn the guns in to the court (surrendered or confiscated) where they would be held for "safe keeping."
She surrendered her guns and was released on her own recognizance.
The charge against Hart states in part: "The State of New Jersey vs. Eileen B. Hart - The Defendant was yelling and screaming and making the threatening comment. 'If the door is locked. I'll be back with a gun.'"
Hart denies she ever made this statement, as does her husband, Keith.