Lawyers: Demoting police chief for profiling email unfair

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Posted: Aug 04, 2016 11:10 AM

WYCKOFF, N.J. (AP) — The lawyer for a New Jersey police chief facing demotion for sending an email advocating racial profiling says the punishment is "exceptionally inappropriate" and that the town is "pandering to the ultra-liberal"

Wyckoff officials initiated the action against Police Chief Benjamin Fox after a prosecutor on Tuesday found the chief's 2014 email "explicitly" violated a state directive prohibiting racial profiling. Fox's email said profiling has its place in law enforcement if done correctly.

Fox's attorneys say they plan to "pursue all legal avenues available" to challenge the punishment, which some observers say isn't severe enough.

Alexander Shalom of the New Jersey chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union tells The Record (http://bit.ly/2aCfRyQ) newspaper Fox should have been fired.

Fox's attorneys accused the ACLU and the township committee of having it in for Fox.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com