WYCKOFF, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The lawyer for a New Jersey police chief facing demotion for sending an email advocating racial profiling says the punishment is “exceptionally inappropriate” and that the town is “pandering to the ultra-liberal”
Wyckoff officials initiated the action against Police Chief Benjamin Fox after a prosecutor on Tuesday found the chief’s 2014 email “explicitly” violated a state directive prohibiting racial profiling. Fox’s email said profiling has its place in law enforcement if done correctly.READ MORE: Lionel Virgile Accused Of Throwing Bleach In Officer's Face, Tossing Lit Molotov Cocktail At Other Officers In Brooklyn
Fox’s attorneys said they plan to “pursue all legal avenues available” to challenge the punishment, which some observers say isn’t severe enough.
Ed Barocas, the legal director of the New Jersey chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, said Fox should be fired.READ MORE: Producer Scott Rudin Will 'Step Back' From Broadway Duties After Allegations Of Abusive Behavior
“There is simply no place in New Jersey or anywhere else for racial profiling or bigoted policing, and Chief Fox should be fired,” Barocas said in a statement. “Wyckoff now has a duty to fire Chief Fox and send a message that anyone who believes racial profiling has a place in law enforcement should not have any position in a New Jersey police department. Period.”
Fox’s attorneys accused the ACLU and the township committee of having it in for Fox, The Record newspaper reported.MORE NEWS: Man Arrested After Allegedly Using Anti-Asian Slurs, Harassing Undercover Officer In Queens
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