- A New Jersey police chief stepped down after he was accused of making racist and sexist statements in an audio recording.
- The recording featured a man’s voice describing former Union County prosecutor Grace Park as “pretty hot” and with “wide ones,” and calling New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal “that f—ing guy with the turban – I wanna pull him like a top.”
- The Union County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed in a statement that Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo “stepped down” as of July 13, though Trigo’s lawyer denied that he resigned.
- Trigo’s lawyer also told media outlets the recording had been “manipulated and spliced.”
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A New Jersey police chief has stepped down just days after being accused of making racist and sexist statements against top prosecutors.
An audio recording emerged on July 4 that featured a man’s voice disparaging the state attorney general, Gurbir Grewal, and the former acting Union County prosecutor, Grace Park.
The man could be heard saying Park was “pretty hot” and “she got wide ones,” and calling Grewal “that f—ing guy with the turban – I wanna pull him like a top.”
The YouTube account that posted the recording alleged that the man’s voice was that of the Fanwood police chief, Richard Trigo.
Trigo’s attorney, Joshua McMahon, told NJ.com the audio recording was “manipulated and spliced,” but did not dispute that the recording featured Trigo’s voice.
The acting Union County prosecutor, Lyndsay Ruotolo, told NBC News last week that her office was investigating the recording and that Trigo should resign immediately.
Grewal also condemned the recordings, telling NJ.com that Trigo’s alleged comments were “yet one more reason why we need to continue building a culture of accountability in policing in New Jersey.”
He continued: “Clearly, others were in the room when these comments were purportedly made by a law enforcement executive and they did nothing.”
Trigo told county officials he was “stepping down” as of July 13, according to a statement from Ruotolo’s office.
But Trigo’s attorney denied to NJ.com that Trigo resigned or quit, saying the former chief had already been in the process of retiring by September 1 and was taking a leave of absence in the meantime to care for a sick relative.
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