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Wed Mar 23, 2016, 08:40 PM

New Jersey Police Chief on Leave After Email Allegedly Defending Racial Profiling Surfaces

Source: ABC News

New Jersey Police Chief on Leave After Email Allegedly Defending Racial Profiling Surfaces

By JULIA JACOBO
Mar 23, 2016, 3:39 PM ET

A New Jersey police chief has been placed on administrative leave during an investigation into an email he allegedly wrote in 2014 defending racial profiling that recently surfaced.

During an emergency township meeting Tuesday, Wyckoff Police Department Chief Benjamin Fox requested the immediate leave while he is investigated by the Bergen County Prosecutor, according to a statement issued by the Township of Wyckoff.

In the 2014 email to dozens of recipients, made public by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, the sender, identified as "CHF BENJAMIN C FOX," appears to justify profiling in policing tactics.

"Profiling, racial or otherwise, has it's (sic) place in law enforcement when used correctly and applied fairly," the email reads.

The email suggests that black gang members from the nearby township of Teaneck rob white neighborhoods in Wyckoff, and white kids buy heroin from black neighborhoods in New York City.

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