ATLANTIC CITY — The president of the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association is calling for an ethics investigation of a city councilman after he posted comments on Facebook about police.
In a March 9 letter addressed to Councilman Jeffree Fauntleroy II, state PBA President Pat Colligan cites a Facebook post in which Fauntleroy references a civil excessive-force trial surrounding three Atlantic City police officers in federal court in Camden. In the post, Fauntleroy says, “... the cops that are on trial that have been Corrupt & (rogue) in our community for years.”
Reached by phone, Fauntleroy said he received a copy of the letter from Colligan on Monday. He cited friends and family members who have been on the police force, and he said he only wanted to speak out about injustices in the community.
“I am not against the ACPD,” Fauntleroy said. “Both of my parents are retired police officers in Atlantic City.”
The letter from Colligan says Fauntleroy’s post is unethical.
“I have therefore taken these comments as a public and personal attack on one of the best police agencies in our state,” according to the letter by Colligan. “Using your elected office and social media to comment on pending litigation to harass an officer who is doing his job is unethical.”
Colligan says he will report the post to the Attorney General’s Office and the Local Finance Board for an ethics investigation.
Fauntleroy’s post also references the Atlantic City Democratic Committee investigating a $10,000 check that was meant for the committee but deposited into the Frank Gilliam for Mayor campaign account.
Members of the committee voted to establish an ad hoc committee, led by retired city police Officer John Devlin, to investigate what happened.
Devlin, William Moore and Glenn Anthony Abrams Jr. are the Atlantic City officers involved in the excessive-force case.
“It’s also interesting that John Devlin is 1 of the cops on trial, and is helping in the investigation of this check,” Fauntleroy’s post said.
The letter from Colligan states that singling out one officer is “potentially defamatory.” Devlin has said the post referencing him is an effort to distract people from the check investigation.