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N.J. Cops Investigated for Gangsta-Rap Videos

March 12, 2013  | 

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Four Irvington (N.J.) Police officers now face an internal investigation, after they appeared in gangsta-rap videos on YouTube showing them threatening violence against rivals.

The Star-Ledger published a news story documenting the off-duty rapping hobby of Officer Maurice Gattison and three other officers on the department.

Gattison, who uses the rap persona "Gat the Great," appeared in several videos decked out in gaudy clothes, calling himself a "felon for life," and pretending to fire a gun at the camera. Gattison is also the police union's president.

"The Irvington Police Department has standards of conduct that apply to on-duty and off-duty behavior," Police Director Joseph Santiago told The Star-Ledger. "Those standards have consistently been applied in circumstances where the officer's private behavior undermines the police department's position in the community or creates the impression that its members may not be able to fairly enforce the law."

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jon @ 3/12/2013 3:51 PM


Dan Alvarez @ 3/12/2013 4:25 PM

To look at that fat ass ... why am I not surprised. Geez

bpd107 @ 3/12/2013 5:08 PM

When I started on this job, we used to be amazed at how many stupid things that we saw our 'customers' do. Now, time and again we are seeing things that our so-called 'brothers' are doing. I guess we should be happy that the Internet helps weed out those who shouldn't be on the job in the first place.

Tom Ret @ 3/12/2013 5:34 PM

Unless this is some type of parody why would anyone in law enforcement
associate themselves with gangster rap?

Carlo @ 3/12/2013 11:26 PM

Very poor judgement and tarnishes public trust.......But many people in our society that become police officers fall through the cracks in backgrounds.....

Carlo @ 3/12/2013 11:26 PM

Very poor judgement and tarnishes public trust.......But many people in our society that become police officers fall through the cracks in backgrounds.....

Jd @ 3/13/2013 4:58 AM

Very poor judgement on these officers part,there is a standard we must maintain on & off duty. This clearly is not that standard.

Angie @ 3/13/2013 10:33 AM

Seriously...WTF is wrong with you? Felon for life?

S.S. @ 3/15/2013 3:51 PM

What a dumbass! This isn't just "poor judgement". This is someone who's just in it for a steady paycheck. He obviously doesn't give a shit about good vs. bad, right vs. wrong. Not only that but think about all the access this guy has. Not on the public, but on fellow officers. He now has knowledge about officers personal information. It's a scary thought. This asshole completely betreyed his fellow officers out there. The stuff that he's doing out on his lil rap adventure are the exact same things that officers fight during our tours of duty. This is just WRONG!!! Screw this guy FIRE his fat ass!!!

maddog 81 mm @ 6/5/2013 5:56 AM

Those , so-called public servants , extolling the gangsta ethos !! What do you think their message is leaving our impressionable youth!! We don't need that from our brothers! I know it causes an unease within the citizens they serve !! If it causes a distaste among their own, what do you think it does with their communities !! This can affect , community , police relations, and set back the efforts to breach the divide that communities feel with their Law Enforcement persons!

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