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This Police Union Suspended 8 Members. Seven Are Black.


“They’ve had preferential treatment under #Suffern and #Halstead,” he said.

#Mr. #Halstead dismissed that claim as meritless. #He said that all promotions were earned and based on experience and test results.

“Chief #Suffern has been trying to instill a sense of discipline within the department and that is being pushed back against heavily,” said #Mr. #Halstead, who retired on #Dec. 1 after 27 years with the department for what he said were personal reasons.

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#Chief #Suffern declined to comment.

#On a recent #Saturday, about a dozen protesters marched through #Englewood, as they do most weeks, behind an S.U.V. playing a mix of gospel music and the song “Glory” from the “Selma” soundtrack.

The #Rev. #Preston #Thompson, the senior pastor of the #Ebenezer #Baptist #Church of #Englewood, said the police had forgotten that their job was to “protect and serve.”

“The whole system is insulated to protect its own,” #Mr. #Thompson said. “We have to fight against it. They are not going to self-police and so we the people have to make sure we come and we protect our own.’’

#Mayor #Wildes, a former federal prosecutor who has participated in more than a dozen #Black #Lives #Matter marches in #Englewood, said he believed that each of the city’s 72 police officers, individually, was committed to serving the public.

“There isn’t a single officer who wouldn’t stick themselves in front of danger to save someone, to help a resident,” he said.

“But, to me,” he added, “making sure the city leadership improves this department is really the task for 2021.”

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#Lauren #Hard contributed reporting.



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https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/31/nyregion/englewood-nj-pba-police.html

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