State investigating police chief's email defending profiling

AP News
Posted: Mar 22, 2016 1:56 PM

WYCKOFF, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey prosecutors are investigating whether a police chief told his officers that racial profiling has a place in policing.

Acting Attorney General Robert Lougy and acting Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir Grewal said in the statement that the email from Wyckoff police Chief Benjamin Fox appears to be a violation of state policy prohibiting racial profiling. They say they are investigating and will take "appropriate measures."

The December 2014 email was released by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey on Tuesday. The group says it obtained it anonymously.

Someone answering the phone at Fox's office said he wasn't available to comment. A message left with the mayor of Wyckoff wasn't immediately returned.

The email says that profiling has its place in law enforcement when used correctly.