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Mendham Police Accused Of Allegedly Targeting Young Drivers

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The Mendham Police Department is facing allegations of profiling young drivers for traffic stops.

Officer Robert Wysokowski filed a lawsuit saying Mendham Police Department Chief Steven Crawford told him to seek out and target young drivers, however Crawford said there is absolutely no profiling being done by the department.

“My officers do not engage in illegal activity, unconstitutional violations or violate the rights of anybody who lives in Mendham Township or drives through Mendham Township,” Chief Crawford said. Crawford believes Wysokowski is looking to get money or a promotion out of this lawsuit.

Officer Wysokowski declined to comment, but his lawyer, Jeffrey Catrambone, released a statement defending his client saying “We stand by every word of our lawsuit on behalf of Officer Wysokowski…the lawsuit blows the whistle on the illegal policies and mandates of this chief and we will prove that in court.”

Young drivers agree with Wysokowski and believe Mendham police are profiling young people driving. “I do have friends that got pulled over a couple of days ago for no apparent reason,” said teen driver Joey Bernat. “They made them sit there for an hour and they got the K9’s for no reason at all. They didn't smell anything and they found nothing in the car.”

Brian Lang, another teen driver, said the police should be focused more on solving crime in the town than profiling young drivers.

A Facebook page titled ‘Justice for Mendham’ was created to raise awareness to the allegations made by Officer Wysokowski, asking young drivers to share their story on the page.


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