The state Department of Corrections is trying to determine who wrote a racial slur across the locker of a black Muslim sergeant late last week after the officer had a disagreement with colleagues at a youth correctional facility, his union representative said yesterday.
"It's a shame when an individual has to lower himself to the level of writing a racial slur on a locker," said Tom Moran, president of the New Jersey Law Enforcement Supervisors Association, which represents the department's sergeants. "Hopefully, as a department we can overcome these disagreements." He declined to name the sergeant.
Corrections spokeswoman Deirdre Fedkenheuer confirmed there was "an incident" at the Albert C. Wagner Youth Correctional Facility in Burlington County but declined to describe it pending the outcome of an investigation by the department's equal employment division. The division investigates issues involving race, creed and gender.