Target: New Jersey Acting Attorney General Robert Lougy
Goal: Punish Chief Benjamin C. Fox for his alleged endorsement of racial profiling in New Jersey’s Wyckoff Police Department.
An email allegedly sent by a police chief articulates clear and unwavering support for racial profiling. The email includes statements that specifically mention the need for racial profiling when officers encounter “suspicious black people in white neighborhoods.” This kind of rhetoric, especially when uttered by a Chief of Police, reveals the deeply systemic racism that pervades many police departments. Moreover, it is in clear violation of New Jersey Acting Attorney General Robert Lougy’s prohibition on racial profiling. Lougy should prosecute Police Chief Benjamin C. Fox to the fullest extent of the law and ask for his permanent removal from the Wyckoff Police Department.
Chief Fox also allegedly states in the email that racial profiling has its place in law enforcement when used “correctly and fairly.” This is an oxymoron, as there is no way to fairly apply racial profiling tactics. The email, sent just a few months after the shooting death of Michael Brown, also goes on to defend the actions of officers like Darren Wilson who have fallen under national scrutiny for their brutal and ultimately tragic decisions while in uniform.
Fox allegedly wrote that suspects resisting arrest was a major commonality in high-profile incidents of police brutality, going so far as to say, “We don’t run from fights.” This attitude toward policing is over-aggressive and ultimately racist in its application.
The email, obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union from an anonymous source, has been defended by Fox. He has not denied authoring it and has actually said that his stance in the email has simply been misconstrued. Fox insists that he was not “endorsing racial profiling for the wrong reasons,” but that only rings as a half-hearted excuse at best. By signing the petition below, you will help urge Attorney General Lougy to seek the permanent removal of Chief Fox from New Jersey’s Wyckoff Police Department.
Dear Attorney General Lougy,
The endorsement of racial profiling allegedly expressed via email by Chief Benjamin C. Fox is completely unacceptable. Actively targeting black individuals in white neighborhoods is poor policing. It is also patently racist.
Moreover, Fox’s alleged support for police brutality against those resisting arrest is deeply disturbing. It fails to take into account that those who are most often punished, or in fact killed, for resisting arrest are black individuals.
This email allegedly sent by Chief Fox details an over-aggressive and racist attitude toward policing which cannot be tolerated. I urge you to prosecute Fox to the full extent of the law and to permanently remove him from the Wyckoff Police Department.
[Your Name Here]
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