2 Maplewood Cops Put on Leave After Possible Bias Incident

WNYC | August 7, 2017 | Social
Videotape allegedly shows black teens ‘herded like cattle’ to town border after July 4 celebration

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The police chief and a police captain in Maplewood have been placed on administrative leave, following the release of a videotape allegedly showing black teens “herded like cattle” to the town border by officers after a Fourth of July celebration.

Committeeman Frank McGehee made those comments at a public meeting Tuesday night, when the township board voted to place Chief Robert Cimino on paid leave for 60 days. Police Captain Joshua Cummis has been placed on leave through the end of the month. The investigation is continuing.

The town has hired a consulting firm to further investigate. A report on its findings is expected in September.

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