Five Hispanic members of the Hoboken Police Department will split $2 million following settlement of a lawsuit that alleged a SWAT team lieutenant was an unabashed white supremacist who forced the officers to perform yard work at his house.
The officers alleged that internal complaints weren’t investigated. The city insists it did nothing wrong.
The lieutenant is already long gone. He was fired following the SWAT team’s assignment to New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. While deployed, he was photographed posing with bare-breasted women at Mardi Gras, downing Jell-O shots in a Louisiana bar and letting Hooters girls fondle the unit’s weapons in Alabama.
The city’s liability insurance will pay the settlement. After attorneys’ fees, each of the plaintiffs will receive between $200,000 and $300,000.
Note: It takes just one loose cannon to mess things up. Take all bias complaints seriously. Investigate them right away.