A New Jersey police union has won a dispute with a town that demanded local officers identify if they had participated in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
The town of Neptune upheld a grievance filed by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)-New Jersey Labor Council, which claimed that the town had violated its members’ “constitutional and contractual rights.”
The town issued a notice on Jan. 20 that required officers to identify if they were involved in the Jan. 6 riot in Washington, D.C. The FOP argued, however, that there was “no indication, complaint, or information to suggest that any Neptune Superior Officer was in any way involved.”
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The FOP filed a grievance against the notice, citing violations of the Fifth and Sixth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, as well as Article 1 of the New Jersey Constitution.
Ultimately, the town decided to uphold the grievance, and the town’s mayor and town council rescinded their notice.
“The FOP, and the FOP-NJ Labor Council will continue to defend our members, without fail and with the full resources at our disposal,” Union President Bob Fox said in a press release on Tuesday.
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The union also expressed that it was “pleased” with the decision both to uphold the grievance and rescind the notice.