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A New Jersey police chief has stepped down as an investigation is underway following an email he sent in 2014 condoning racial profiling.
Wyckoff Police Department Chief Benjamin Fox allegedly wrote an email to his officers in Dec. 2014 that was provided to the ACLU last week, according to WPIX.
“Profiling, racial or otherwise, has it’s place in law enforcement when used correctly and applied fairly,” the email allegedly read.
“Don’t ask the police to ignore what we know,” it continued according to WPIX. “Black gang members from Teaneck commit burglaries in Wyckoff. That’s why we check out suspicious black people in white neighborhoods. White kids buy heroin in black NYC neighborhoods. That’s why the NYPD stops those white kids.”
The ACLU-NJ lashed out at the email.
“That is racial profiling,” Udi Ofer, ACLU-NJ executive director, told WPIX. “Lets say, for the sake of argument, there are black gang members that walk the streets of Wyckoff. That does not give the police permission to stop every black person who is walking the streets of Wyckoff.”
And while it may be profiling, it does not change the fact that Ofer, nor anyone else from the ACLU, has disputed the claims in the email.
“As an educator, as a former law enforcement officer and as an activist, I was appalled by it,” Anthony Cureton, president of the Bergen County NAACP, told WPIX. “Over the past couple years, profiling has been of major concern, specifically in the African American community. As well as other communities, such as in the Muslim community.”
Again, that doesn’t say that anything written in that email was false.
As of Friday, the entire Wyckoff Police Department has been placed under supervision and will be monitored by Capt. Timothy Condon of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, according to NorthJersey.com.
Condon will handle the training of officers to explain that a state’s attorney general directive bars “racially influenced policing.”
The end result could be sacrificing the safety of the people of Wyckoff in order to appease the purveyors of political correctness.
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