Judge says 5 fired of­fi­cers should be re­in­stated, keep rank

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - WEATHER -

HACK­EN­SACK >> A judge is rec­om­mend­ing re­in­state­ment of five of­fi­cers fired af­ter the city said they en­gaged in a war­rant­less search of a New Jer­sey apart­ment in 2016.

The North Jer­sey Record re­ports that a judge from the state of­fice of ad­min­is­tra­tive law said Fri­day that the five Hack­en­sack nar­cotics of­fi­cers should be re­turned to ac­tive duty and re­tain their most re­cent rank.

The of­fi­cers were ac­cused of fal­si­fy­ing a po­lice re­port and un­law­ful en­try, among other things. The pa­per said the judge re­versed all charges against one of­fi­cer and rec­om­mended 90- or 150-day sus­pen­sions for the oth­ers.

Mayor John Labrosse called it an “in­cred­i­bly dis­ap­point­ing” de­ci­sion that would only bring the depart­ment “more in­sta­bil­ity and un­cer­tainty.” City la­bor at­tor­ney Ray Wiss says an ap­peal to the civil ser­vice com­mis­sion is planned.

In­for­ma­tion from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www. north­jer­sey.com

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