Edison Mayor George Spadoro said yesterday the township will investigate
allegations that a township officer tried to discourage a Muslim man from
filing a complaint that he was the target of racial slurs in a road-rage
“I take all allegations of bias very seriously,” Spadoro said. “This matter
is being reviewed internally by the police department, in cooperation with
the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, and I look forward to a thorough
investigation of this incident.”
But officer Michael Schwarz, president of Police Benevolent Association
Local 75 which represents township patrol officers, said patrolman Daniel
Boslet acted properly.
“It was a textbook handling of a road-rage incident,” Schwarz said.
Mohammed Farooq, 33, of Locust Valley, N.Y., said that at 8 p.m. Wednesday
he was in his car on Amboy Avenue when another man, township resident
Jeffrey Shourt, 35, stopped his vehicle behind him and rushed up to
Farooq’s car. Shourt called Farooq a terrorist and slapped him, the New
York man claims”¦
Boslet responded to Farooq’s 911 call for help, but Farooq claims the
officer spent 45 minutes trying to discourage him from filing a complaint.
The next day, Farooq reported the incident to the Council on
American-Islamic Relations, which called for an investigation. Farooq is to
meet today with officials from the township and county prosecutor’s office..