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Lords of Discipline

Newark, NJ: (Oct-01-07) Justin Hopson, a former state trooper, brought a lawsuit against the state of New Jersey alleging that he was beaten and harassed by members of a secret group of rogue officers within the state police. Hopson said that he was attacked by members of a loose-knit group within the state police known as the Lords of Discipline. For years, minority and female troopers have complained that they have been harassed by members of the group. In 2005, the state attorney general's office issued a report that found seven troopers guilty of harassing their colleagues. The troopers received punishments ranging from reprimands to 45-day suspensions, but the attorney general's office said it found no evidence that the Lords of Discipline existed within the police department.

Hopson, 33, filed suit after the March 2002 arrest of a woman for drunken driving, which he said was improper because the woman had not been behind the wheel. At the time of the arrest, Hopson had been on the job just 11 days. When Hopson refused to endorse fellow troopers' versions of events surrounding the arrest, court papers said, a campaign to silence him began. First, there were threatening notes left around his station house in the Troop A region, which covers much of South Jersey. Then, Hopson said, his car was vandalized. By the time he sued the state in December 2003, Hopson said that he had been the victim of a series of beatings at the hands of another trooper. In a settlement reached, the New Jersey attorney general's office agreed to pay Hopson $400,000 to resolve allegations. [NEW YORK TIMES: TROOPER HARASSMENT]


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it's really wonderful to finally see officers that are willing to stand up and do the job they are being paid for, instead of fearing the police brutality and MisJustice of our systemthat these officers abuse.....just one of these officers are worth 100 of those who abused are laws, I would love to meet this person just to shake his hand

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