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County Police Retaliated Against Whistleblower, Suit Says

Sergeant denied promotion, attorney says

The Bergen County Police Department retaliated against a sergeant who reported misconduct on the part of his superiors, according to a $3 million lawsuit filed Monday.

Sgt. Robert Carney was denied a promotion and stripped of responsibilities after speaking up about the department tampering with evidence and falsifying reports, among other charges, his attorney, William Feldman said in an interview with Patch.

"When he complained about it, he became the target of retaliation," Feldman said.

His claims kept him from being promoted to lieutenant, Feldman said. Carney was up for promotion for two years and had scored well on his promotional exam, Feldman said.

"There are many promotions in the department, but he was told specifically that he was being denied a promotion because he was effectively, in the vernacular, not playing ball with regard to an investigation regarding a politically favored job applicant," Feldman said.

Carney's misgivings about the department date back to 2009, Feldman said, and continue up to the present day. He was recently removed as head of internal affairs and demoted to patrol status, Feldman added.

Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said his office was reviewing Carney's claims, NorthJersey.com reported.

HAHA April 10, 2012 at 08:40 PM
so that the elected officials have more jobs to give to thier friends- duh
JamesTS April 10, 2012 at 08:48 PM
hey Baum. Try reading here on PATCH and youll see the Teaneck cops are doing ALOT more then writing tickets! Im always reading about some pretty serious stuff they are dealing with!
delgado April 14, 2012 at 07:04 PM
this is the beginnig of the end for double dipper Donovan and double dipping Fair Lawn Mayor. It seems they will both be moving on to other political positions.
Tommy P April 15, 2012 at 12:09 AM
A better question is why is anyone "entitled" to a promotion? We definitely need to end the county police, heck lets end county government.
Mildred Bayes April 21, 2012 at 05:03 AM
Back in what day Jimmy? Before or after the flood?

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