A police chief is under scrutiny for the email, which allegedly contains racial profiling.
Wyckoff Police Chief, Benjamin Fox, is under serious scrutiny for carrying out his duties in a racially discriminatory manner. It is believed that Chief Officer Fox told his officers that racial profiling included checking out “suspicious black people in white neighborhoods,” hence placed on temporary leave whiles investigation is been carried out.
The email was released by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey on Tuesday. It stated that “profiling has its place in law enforcement when used correctly and applied fairly.” Officers should “check out suspicious black people in white neighborhoods” because “black gang members” from a nearby town commit burglaries in Wyckoff.
N.Y. police should stop white kids in black vicinities because “they know they are there to buy drugs.” “It’s insane to think that the police should just ‘dumb down just to be politically correct,'” the email says. “The public wants us to keep them safe and I’m confident that they want us to use our skills and knowledge to attain that goal.”
Robert Lougy and Gurbir Grewal, acting Attorney General and acting Bergen County prosecutor respectively, said in a statement on Tuesday that investigation into the case is ongoing. “On its face, the email appears to be a clear violation of the Attorney General’s policy strictly prohibiting racial profiling by police officers. We are conducting a full investigation and will take all appropriate measures.”
A statement from the town during the emergency committee meeting Tuesday stated that Officer Fox would have to explain the mail to investigators and demonstrate that such attitudes are forbidden in the police department.