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N.J. Cop Indicted for Immigrant Shakedown

November 21, 2011  | 

A New Jersey police officer has been accused of making unwarranted stops of Latino men, questioning their residency status, and threatening to report them to immigration officials unless they gave him money.

Elizabeth Police Officer Rocco Malgieri faces theft, attempted extortion, bribery and official misconduct charges, reports the Associated Press via NECN. Malgieri allegedly solicited payments from $30 to $250.

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Morning Eagle @ 11/22/2011 11:59 AM

If the charges turn out to be valid and proven about all one can say is what an unbelievably stupid thing to do. Or might this be another case of false allegations and over zealous, PC administrators and/or prosecutors willing to take the word of the accusers because they are afraid to offend them. Of course the allegations must be thoroughly investigated but to release this kind of info to the press prematurally can destroy the officer's career as surely as having the charges substantiated beyond a reasonable doubt in court.

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