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N.J. Officer's Heated Exchange With Trooper

A New Jersey trooper's dash-cam system captured a heated confrontation with a plainclothes Bergen County Police officer during a traffic stop. Read the full story here.

August 29, 2013

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Jeffrey @ 8/29/2013 7:07 PM

Just a pissing match. The trooper was doing his job. I don't know why he pulled his service weapon from his holster, he might have saw something different than the camera at that angle could see. Very little professionalism with the UC's. Show your ID, move on. Would have been nice of them to let area Officers know what they were doing too.

Kevin @ 8/29/2013 8:32 PM

Sad story. Could of been handle in a totally differant manner!

Frank @ 8/29/2013 8:50 PM

A little common sense will take you far in this business....

Mac @ 8/29/2013 9:52 PM

He saw the ID he wanted to see, why stick around and argue the point, rook. Once he was satisfied they weren't the robbers he was liking for he should have hopped in his car at motored down the road. Was he waiting for someone to acknowledge his superior authority? I don't take exception with what he did at the beginning, but his only business was concluded when he knew they were cops.

Ima Leprechaun @ 8/30/2013 3:11 AM

The Trooper was 100% in the right. We had a similar problem with a local County Sheriff's Office running plain clothes surveillance in our jurisdiction. They were in a Van on the freeway in a very public location and we got repeated calls about men with guns seen going in and out of the unmarked Van. We took this dispatched call very seriously since this agency never bothered to inform us of their presence. The common courtesy involved (And it was within a written agreement in our standing mutual aid pact with every agency in our area including this one) that they inform us when they were conducting operations within our jurisdiction and vice versa. We never required operational details. Just call us and say "we are here". We just required advance knowlege who they were and where they were. We did a full on felony contact with our responding officers. We took every subject out of the van at handgun and shotgun point and proned everyone on the ground and removed all weapons from their persons. Nobody was allowed to speak during their extraction for safety reasons and not until everyone was secured did we try to determine their real identity since we had no idea who these guys were. All ID was VERIFIED before we returned their weapons. We never had a problem again after that and we got our courtesy calls from then on. Any agency that stupid as to not inform any other jurisdiction that they are conducting an operation within their jurisdiction for any reason deserves to be treated as a threat to the general public and to other Law Enforcement. I think the trooper should have brought in overwhelming back-up and completed a felony contact until the ID of these people could be officially determined. Anyone can buy vests that say POLICE and anyone can obtain a badge and ID. Never assume anything and always VERIFY everything and everyone before they get their weapons back.

dano798 @ 8/30/2013 6:45 AM

The stopped officers should be ashamed of themselves.

Red @ 8/30/2013 7:17 AM

I must have missed something! What makes a state trooper think that it's THEIR "jurisdiction"? What makes a trooper think that other agencies need to notify them of their actions? Troopers should concentrate on traffic matters, and stay out of the way of the police handling criminal matters!

Brian @ 8/30/2013 9:08 AM

Troop did nothing wrong except not calling for backup if he suspected bad guys. Bergen County guys need a suspension. Troop was right, he's in a marked vehicle in uniform. He doesn't know who they are. For a 6 month rookie he held his own against all those pricks!

Will @ 8/31/2013 4:37 AM

Uniform is in charge when confronting non-uniform ..... Embarrassing the way this escalated ..... Sgt was wrong by making judgement without listing to both sides of the story .... Trooper was corrrect .... After ID move along ...... But Bergen had to escalate ...

john @ 8/31/2013 10:22 AM

Seems to me the majority of posts on this are from a bunch of small town ticket writers. Troopers are notorious for having very little actual police/investigative experience and was completely in the wrong. Walked up with a typical trooper attitude, talked with a trooper attitude and interupeted a actual investigation. Troopers think they have exclusive rights to the highway and get a little hot in the pants when another agency is putting in work.

funny how some of you feel like you should be notified when plain clothes guy enter a diff jurisdiction. Ever heard of mobile surveillance, maybe a ever changing operation where the plain clothes guys were on the phone with informants, calling out locations to other unit members. Plain clothes operations can change at a moments notice and detectives have safety, operational effectivness on the mind, not oooh I better notify a bored lonely trooper that my 6 month investigation is entering trooperville.

for the posters asking for termination is amazing, what generation of policing did you grow up in? Fired for swearing at you. Swallow your pride, chalk it up to a mistake. The public, attorneys and citizens are after our heads, shouldnt be our own calling for termination.

Wilson @ 9/2/2013 10:37 AM

Can we all get along

fireman @ 11/8/2013 6:49 PM

See several plain clothes would it be easieat just one of them step to the side show id comfirm the situation instead acting r tards on the side of the road? All parties in this situation acted like morons.

Raquel Hall @ 11/21/2013 10:19 AM

Okay, that's it! All you children go to your room and don't come out until you decide to act like an adult!!

siemon j. franken @ 5/3/2014 9:14 AM

Typical of big egos;
the trooper did what he was trained to do. He acted on recent intell.;
the locals resented the state police questioning their almighty...presence-they could've / should've notified the state police of their presence per interagency agreements and simple common sense as well allowed the trooper to do his job showing readily available full evidence of authority -without ever raising their voices.They clearly resented being called on their failure to do what they could've done to preclude their clear and obvious oversights.
Safety 1st includes visual and verbal communication,operational planning includes interagency intelligence sharing.

Let go the ego...

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