The New Jersey police department is also facing charges of deeply-rooted corruption within its Elizabeth Police Department.
A 1998 grand jury report said that about 20% of the 370-member force belonged to a special “family” within the force. Family members have been accused of intimidating new officers, using racist language, controlling promotions, and planting evidence to make drug busts.?
In 1998, a black officer committed suicide, leaving behind a nine-page letter claiming that he had seen many cases of officers planting drugs.
In 1995, 31-year police veteran Sergeant John Guslavage sued the department, claiming that officers had shut down a drug investigation to protect members of the force.