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Man turned women into junkie sex slaves with heroin, police allege

Mark Benavidez, 36, is reportedly charged with human trafficking, sexual servitude and prostitution.

CARY, NORTH CAROLINA — A man from Passaic took advantage of his victims’ he…

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3 cops sue Paterson saying pattern of racism delayed promotions, allowed epithets

Two sergeants say their bid for promotion was delayed and written messages left around headquarters referring to those on the list for promotion as “dumb,” “lazy” and “savage.”

PATERSON — Two African-American police sergeants allege in a federal lawsuit that the Paterson Police Department deliberately delayed their promotions due to their race and a third African-American sergeant said she was denied assignments for the same reason.

The suit, filed July 14 by attorney Ryan Lockman of Marc B. Frost & Associates of Philadelphia, also alleges that racist behavior by officers, including the use of epithets, largely went unpunished.

Brutality lawsuit against JCPD officers proceeds 

Two officers, Tamiko Griffin and Karen Rayfield, were placed on a priority list for promotion to sergeant in 2014. Griffin and Rayfield have served on the department since 2002 and 1996 respectively.

The list was created following a 2012 consent decree between the federal government and a number of New Jersey cities, including Paterson, to address low levels of promotion for minority police officers.  

Two sergeants said their promotions were delayed until October 2015 because the department’s leadership wanted to prevent them from being eligible to take the exam for lieutenant, the next rank up, in 2016. That exam is only given every three years and only applicants who have served at least a year as sergeant are eligible.

A third officer, Kelly Cary Pacelli, was promoted to sergeant in 2014, but was immediately transferred out of the juvenile division to the night shift with the patrol division, despite a standing practice of keeping officers in the same division following promotion. Her transfer to a night shift made it difficult for her and her husband, another PPD officer, to secure child care.

Pacelli claims that she repeatedly requested transfers over the next two years but was denied because of her race.

Pacelli was also the target of racial abuse by another officer who said he would not “take orders from [racial epithet]” if Pacelli were transferred to his division, according to the suit.

The suit details other alleged disturbing behavior, including written messages left around headquarters referring to those on the priority list for promotions as “dumb,” “lazy,” and “savage.” The department failed either to adequately investigate the incidents or did not seriously punish offenders, the suit claims.

Jerry Speziale, the police director, told NorthJersey.com that the department does not tolerate racist behavior and cited the recent promotions of nearly 30 people of various backgrounds to captain, sergeant and lieutenant.  

Pacelli, Griffin and Rayfield seek compensatory and punitive damages as well as attorney’s fees. The police chief, William Fraher, and the city are listed as defendants.

Paul Milo may be reached at pmilo@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter@PaulMilo2. Find NJ.com on Facebook.  

 

 
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WATCH: Here’s how glass is made at the WheatonArts Center

Glass blowers from the WheatonArts center explain how the artistic process works with everything they do.

MILLVILLE – Bathed in the orange glow of open furnaces and molten …

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Christie says this is on his list of ‘best experiences’ as governor

Republican powerbroker are mingling in Aspen, where Christie and his second in command are in attendance.

ASPEN, Colo. — With the Rocky Mountains towering over the St. Regis Asp…

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St. Johnsbury Barracks/ Domestic Assault

VSP Press Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   PRESS RELEASE         CASE#: 17A403824 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Tpr. Josh Lewis                            …

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[ISP CrossFit] 7.25.17 Tuesday (7/25/2017)

Start Date: 7/25/2017 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 7/25/2017StatewideWOD
“Daniel”

50 Pull-ups
400 meter run
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800 meter run
21 Thrusters 95/65#
400 meter run
50 Pull-ups

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Valparaiso Market (7/25/2017)

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Summer Outdoor Movies (7/25/2017)

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