The New Jersey State Police: A Tradition of Brutality, Corruption, and Racism

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Would a starting salary of over $62,000 persuade you to join the New Jersey State Police where “Honor, Duty and Fidelity” is allegedly the motto they serve by? If someone asked me that, they would be hit with a resounding, “not in this life” reply. But to the hundreds of potential “revenue agents” they manage to recruit annually, it’s right in their wheelhouse. They are jumping at the chance to have authority, only to inevitably later on abuse it. They are itching to gain the trust of citizens, only to ultimately mishandle it, and they swear an oath to make safety a top priority, right? Safety? “We’re the NJSP and with night sticks in hand we rule with an iron fist! Everything else is second.”

Now, make no bones about it, the New Jersey State Police may as well be the poster child for corruption from the inside out and from the top brass down to the rank and file. Over the years allegations of racism, brutality and harassment have left a permanent stain on this agency. Black eye after black eye and internal investigation after internal investigation, they just can’t get it right – no police department can. Perhaps over the years you’ve heard the phrase, “The left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing.” Most of the time, agencies know exactly what their doing, no matter how shady, and it is on us, John Q. Taxpayer to finance this egregious behavior time after time after time.

N.J. Trooper Describes Racist Acts; Racism Persisted Because Officials Kept Denying It, He Said.

“The fight for justice against corruption is never easy. It never has been and never will be. It exacts a toll on our self, our families, our friends, and especially our children. In the end, I believe the price we pay is well worth holding on to our dignity.”

This NJSP scandal only proves what we all have known all along and continue to profess. The corruption is deep-rooted and passed down through the ranks. In this case, a senior trooper was able to “lure” a younger, more inexperienced trooper into indulging in this “reckless” behavior in the name of “following orders.”

It is apparent how frightened these motorists were and how they feared for their safety. One motorist goes on to say, “It was obvious that the authorities were abetting others to break the law.”

The very public they swore to protect and the very traffic laws they were taught to enforce in the academy must have “taken a back seat” to “a little fun” that day and also on prior occasions, according to uncovered reports. Here, see for yourself:

N.J. State Troopers Face Probe for ‘Death Race 2012’

We can all sleep a bit more soundly knowing that a later investigation did conclude evidence of wrong-doing (no…really?) and charges are not too far in the distant future…or so one can only hope. A good deal of the time, it develops as nothing more than a slap on the wrist and a transfer of personnel to a barracks where they can lay low for a while. The senior trooper with 25 years of service agreed to retire in hopes of not being deprived of his pension. So, at least one NJSP badge wont be granting extra rights anymore. That’s a good enough Christmas gift for me! The one thing you never see on the endangered species list is, after all, the moron!

– M

Kelly W. Patterson

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