LULAC Calls for Termination of North Brunswick Police Department Director and Urges Independent Investigation by NJ Attorney General Following Reports of Racial Profiling
Nation’s Oldest & Largest Latino Civil Rights Organization Responds to Reports that North Brunswick Township Police Department Target Black and Latino Neighborhoods to Fulfill Ticket Quotas
Washington, DC - Today, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) called for the immediate termination of North Brunswick Township Police Department Director Kenneth McCormick following reports that North Brunswick police officers targeted Latino and African American neighborhoods in order to fulfill ticket quotas.
LULAC President Domingo Garcia is calling on New Jersey Attorney Gurbir Singh Grewal to immediately conduct an independent investigation of the North Brunswick Township Police Department, not Mayor Francis Womack III. Garcia is urging a full investigation into practice known as “hunting at the border,” referring to the border between North Brunswick and New Brunswick, and roads heavily trafficked by minorities. Garcia demands that AG Grewal implement a new mandated cultural diversity and racial profiling training for all existing and new peace officers and law enforcement agents in North Brunswick and New Brunswick.
LULAC National President Domingo Garcia issued the following statement regarding this matter:
“Racial profiling is not acceptable police work, it is unconstitutional, it is wrong and leads to irreparable harm for Latinos and other minorities. Our families and our communities all suffer when police officers target individuals due to the color of their skin - in some cases these practices lead to death.”
“North Brunswick Township Police Department Director Kenneth McCormick should resign immediately and Mayor Francis Womack III will also be held accountable for what happens under his watch. Attorney General Grewal needs to take this very seriously and look into this matter right away. LULAC is demanding the release of all written and unwritten policies that go into the racist and unethical practice of ‘hunting on the border’.”
“Lastly, any citations that were issued during the years that this policy was in effect should be immediately dismissed as they are unconstitutional racial profiling policies that targeted people based on the color of their skin. Police actions should be based on hard facts, not stereotypes,” Garcia concluded.
James Fukuda, LULAC New Jersey State Director, said the following:
“Mayor Womack’s announcement calling for an independent investigation which involves the current Police Chief Joseph Battagila and township Business Administrator Kathryn Monzo selecting the investigator is completely unacceptable,” said James Fukuda, LULAC New Jersey State Director. “That is the equivalent of the fox guarding the hen house and we won’t stand for it.” Ralina Cardona, LULAC National Vice President of the North East, concluded:
“I want to thank the officers that were brave enough to bring this issue to light and stand for the law and the civil rights of the residents of New Jersey. I will bring forth a motion to the LULAC national board to defend them against any retaliation they may face.”
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit https://lulac.org/