What's a "minority" when 80% of Residents are Black or Latino? Racist Police Director who Routinely Called Staff NGHRS Quits After Providing Contemptuous "Public Service" in Elizabeth (NJ)

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From {NYT] The top law enforcement official in Elizabeth, one of New Jersey’s largest and most diverse cities, resigned on Tuesday after an inquiry found that he had routinely referred to police officers in his department using racist and sexist slurs.

The official, James Cosgrove, who has led the police force in Elizabeth since 1998, had faced mounting pressure to step aside following an investigation by the Union County prosecutor’s office that began after a lawyer for several police officers filed complaints.

The state’s attorney general, Gurbir S. Grewal, had demanded that Mr. Cosgrove resign.

Mr. Grewal pointed to the prosecutor’s findings, which have not been publicly released, but “concluded that, over the course of many years, Director Cosgrove described his staff using derogatory terms, including racist and misogynistic slurs.” Mr. Grewal also ordered an examination of the culture of the Elizabeth Police Department.

The city’s mayor,  J. Christian Bollwage, who had refused to discuss the findings of the two-month investigation, on Tuesday issued a news release announcing that he had accepted Mr. Cosgrove’s resignation. As a political appointee, Mr. Cosgrove could only be removed by the city’s mayor.

Until Tuesday, Mr. Bollwage’s only public comment came on Twitter. On Monday, he attacked a news report, which he called a “character assassination.” Mr. Bollwage was scheduled to meet Tuesday with the attorney general, whose office is now overseeing the investigation, a spokesman said.

Over the years, Elizabeth has transformed from a largely white working-class city into an overwhelmingly minority community, where more than 80 percent of its roughly 130,000 residents are Hispanic or black.

The controversy involving Mr. Cosgrove was the latest chapter in what community groups and residents say are long-running tensions between the police and people of color that reflect similar conflicts across the country.

“It’s critical that the city government take action to ensure that the Police Department reflects the value of our city,” said Sarah Cullinane, the director of Make the Road New Jersey, an Elizabeth-based organization that helps immigrant and minority communities and had called for Mr. Cosgrove’s resignation. [MORE]