Bergen County PD Were Disciplined Following Confrontation With State Trooper

Published On September 11, 2013 | By CopBlock | Articles

This post was shared with us via CopBlock.org’s submit page by Dan.

This is why video is so important.

The State Trooper and The BCP police were all wrong; all of them acted unprofessionally, arrogant and with pompous bravado. Protect and serve? It appeared to be a whip out and measure moment. Definitely New Jersey.

Jeanne Baratta, who serves as chief of staff for Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan, confirmed that Sgt. Gabriel Escobar and Officer Robert Duboue did receive some type of punishment, but said she was not able to release details on what the discipline was.

“The Attorney Generals Guidelines on Internal Affairs investigations does not allow us to make that information public,” she said in an email.

Sadly, accountability to the public is not transparent. Due to the AG’s guidelines, not the law of the land, information on public employee discipline for egregious actions is not open to public discourse.

This should change.

http://www.nj.com/bergen/index.ssf/2013/08/bergen_county_police_officers_were_disciplined_following_confrontation_with_state_trooper.html

-Dan

Like this Article? Share it!

About The Author

When you see "CopBlock" as the author it means it was submitted via our contact tab - see top of page. Anyone can share their police related story with CopBlock.org via this tab, we thank you in advance.
  • Shawn

    Come on guys, you’ve got guns. Go for it!

  • RadicalDude

    Protect and serve is just a public relations front to mask the true mission of the police.

  • Jason Free 123

    More cry baby whiny shit from activists. I seriously doubt they got any kind of remprimand. If they were to, what fucking business is it of any activists?

  • Shawn

    The rookie was right though. It is easy to immitate undercover cops. Time and again, undercover officers do not want to understand they can not be reliably identified as a cop. Not by citizens, or other cops. But they want to insist on being treated as a cop. Remember the ABC officers that attacked the college girls?

  • Keith

    damn, why couldn’t they just act like they were all civilians and just start firing.

  • Shawn

    @Jason

    That is the point of the problem with secret discipline. And it is our business because these guys are walking the street with the power of a badge. These aren’t factory workers or burger flippers.

  • EvilRadicalDude

    Well that was a big old dick swinging contest. Very unprofessional all around.

  • Shawn

    @EvilRD

    Unprofessional, yes. I kind of have to side with the UNIFORMED cop, who from what I could tell was being abused by the UNDERCOVER cops because he didn’t immediately know and trust that they were officers. Then they trashed him for his being a rookie, when everything the uniformed officer said was the truth. He understood the issue more than they did. And they are supposed to be trained for this.
    These undercover guys all to often don’t seem to get that no one, cop or citizen, is going to just take their word they are a cop. ABC cops got hit by a car because two young women thought they were a rape gang or something.

  • John Q Public

    BERGEN COUNTY — The two Bergen County Police Department officers who were caught on video having a heated argument with a state trooper in May were disciplined following the incident, officials said today.

    Jeanne Baratta, who serves as chief of staff for Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan, confirmed that Sgt. Gabriel Escobar and Officer Robert Duboue did receive some type of punishment, but said she was not able to release details on what the discipline was.

    “The Attorney Generals Guidelines on Internal Affairs investigations does not allow us to make that information public,” she said in an email.

    Reports filed by the trooper involved and video of the May 31 encounter on the New Jersey Turnpike in Leonia were released by state police yesterday in response to OPRA requests.

    The trooper noticed a plain clothes officer, later identified as Duboue, conducting a traffic stop on the highway’s shoulder. Due to a recent rash of carjackings during which suspects impersonated police, he pulled over and approached with his department-issued handgun drawn.

    Dubuoue identified himself as a Bergen County officer at the trooper’s request, but the dialogue quickly turned ugly, eventually escalating into a profanity-laced shouting match.

    In an email sent to NJ.com earlier today, Bergen County Police Chief Brian Higgins indicating he found no fault with any of the parties involved, saying “each was doing his job.”

    “It appears that the Trooper was doing his job in stopping and investigating the motor vehicle stop and the Bergen County Police Officer conducted a motor vehicle stop for a violation of the traffic laws,” he said.

    “That motor vehicle stop did warrant further investigation at which time the County Police Officer was continuing to act in his capacity as a law enforcement officer.

    While Higgins said his department had “addressed” the officers’ actions, he made no specific mention of any discipline being handed out.

    Col. Rick Fuentes, the state police superintendent, also issued a statement of support for the trooper, whose name was redacted from the reports released this week.

    “He came upon a stop by two plain-clothed officers driving an unmarked minivan on the Turnpike. In the two weeks prior to this incident, two separate vehicles on the Turnpike were carjacked by armed men impersonating police officers. The criminals were wearing police-type clothing and ballistic vests,” he said.

    “Aware of these incidents, and with no advance notice of the operation, our trooper was fully justified in approaching this stop with the utmost caution.”

    The release of the video also comes amid a controversy stemming from a Bergen County Sheriff’s Department officer’s accusations that two members of the county force tried to intimidate him after he pulled over a county freeholder earlier this month.

  • steve

    they could have shot each other

  • PSOSGT

    Sadly, accountability to the public is not transparent….

    Sadly cops have rights also to thier personal information.

  • RadicalDude

    Ya, but this is ostensibly the public’s business if you buy into that whole superstition that the cops are “public servants”. Of course, if you accept the reality that they are just another criminal street gang, it kind of become moot, I guess.

  • Shawn

    @PSOSGT

    Their on the job issues are not merely personal. Their issues, left undealt with can harm others, and they have the power of a badge. Sorry, but comparing a cop’s privacy to that of an average citizen is unrealistic. Numerous cops have walked around with a dangerous history of bad behavior that went unpunished, and unknown to the public.
    That is the real point behind the secrecy. If the public doesn’t know a cop is a loose cannon, they can’t threaten their elected officials with being removed for failure to deal with that officer.

  • Public Offender

    @ PSOSGT

    To quote Anthony Hopkins from Legends of the Fall: “A private nature? That’s a public office you hold, isn’t it, Sheriff?”

    Police officers and deputy sheriffs are public servants.

  • APATWAR

    The police bureaucrats serve no purpose except to violate our Constitution which they do on a daily basis, make money for the local, state and federal government and they get protection from a equally corrupt injustice system. All of them can go to hell. As for the elected Sheriff’s and their deputies who don’t do the right thing, fire them that break their oath’s and arrest any for crimes against the Constitution and hire new ones that will do the job according to the laws of this land, the Constitution/Bill of Rights and who will serve this and the people. Not money or tyranny. Restoration of our Republic is needed very badly and modern day LE is too out of compliance with our Constitution and liberty minded citizens.

  • Casual Observer

    “Sadly,” they did NOT shoot each other.

  • EvilRadicalDude

    Casual,

    You seem to have a propensity towards violence.

    I can hook you up with my therapist so you can get those issues worked out.

    Let me know bud.

  • Common Sense

    Simply because of ones vocation, they do not forfeit any rights or liberties.

  • Shawn

    @Common

    Wrong. Many vocations are affected by law. Me for instance, i can’t just quite and walk off the job. It is illegal.

  • Casual Observer

    @EvilRadicalDude,

    Let’s see… you impersonated another poster on this forum for SEVERAL months, have admitted to receiving psychological treatment, and suggest that I have a “propensity towards violence” for making an observation. You clearly have more “issues” than Mad Magazine.

  • EvilRadicalDude

    Casual,

    I’ll take that as a no. The first step to healing is accepting your “issues”.

    Your still in the denial stage.

    No worries. We’ll chat about it later.

  • EvilRadicalDude

    *You’re still in the denial stage.

  • Shawn

    Out of curiosity, anyone notice how offended cops get ifthey get a gun pointed at them, and how easily they point guns at others? My favorite was the marshall that pointed a gun at a woman through her kitchen window, then complained he didn’t appreciate having a gun pointed at him.

  • Ariel

    “Well that was a big old dick swinging contest. Very unprofessional all around.” Yet so much of what the profession aspires to, after all what is the worth of authority if it isn’t expressed?

  • Mio

    If I “had” to take a side it would be with the rookie who seemed to be standing up against a “go along to get along” mentality.

  • bill_derberg

    What I find funny is the way they talk to one another. If a regular talked like that to either one of them he would have his ass kicked, cuffed and arrested so fast his head would spinning.

  • http://www.omgwisconsin.com OmgWisconsin.com

    Both were wrong, but the trooper had the right to do what he did.

  • certain

    “Simply because of ones vocation, they do not forfeit any rights or liberties.”

    Ah, yet another wise pronouncement from our resident professor. Well consider this, shit for brains, if you’re in court, and it’s 3 peoples word versus a single cop, the system will side with the cop. Because he’s a cop, and “they don’t lie”, and “they’re held to a higher standard”, and other such bullshit. So if a judge or DA is going to pull that reasoning out, then everything about the cops behavior should be an open book. Because it wouldn’t take much to prove that a cop should be trusted far, far less than the average non-cop.