According to NBC New York 4, Wyckoff, New Jersey police chief Benjamin Fox, was demoted from his police chief position to patrolman and will be suspended for a 180-day period. This comes after internal emails dating back to 2014 revealed racist policing tactics promoted by Fox. Benjamin Fox was found to have instructed his officers to racially profile Black people from a neighboring town.
The American Civil Liberties Union’s New Jersey chapter started the investigation after they released an email dated December 5, 2014, in which Fox calls for his officers to racially profile “Black gang members.”
Below is an excerpt of the 2014 email:
“Profiling, racial or otherwise, has its place in law enforcement when used correctly and applied fairly. Black gang members from Teaneck commit burglaries in Wyckoff. That’s why we check out suspicious Black people in white neighborhoods. It’s insane to think that the police should just ‘dumb down’ just to be politically correct. The public wants us to keep them safe and I’m confident that they want us to use our skills and knowledge to attain that goal.”