The news is out: [A New Jersey police chief accused of making derogatory comments about the nation’s first Sikh attorney general and the state’s first Asian American county prosecutor is stepping down, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement Monday.
Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo told the prosecutor’s office and borough council late Friday that he would be stepping down effective Monday, the statement said.
Trigo’s attorney, Joshua McMahon, told NBC News on Monday that the chief did not resign or quit.
“Any assertion to the contrary is categorically and demonstrably false,” McMahon said. “Chief Trigo had previously begun the process to retire on Sept. 1, 2020 and, until that time, elected to take leave to handle a family-related health issue.”
On July 4, an audio recording was posted to YouTube in which Trigo allegedly says former acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park “is pretty hot” and “she got wide ones.” He also allegedly calls her “Chinese.” Park was the first Asian American county prosecutor in New Jersey and the first woman and minority to lead the prosecutor’s office in Union County. Park is a member of the Council of Korean Americans.
Trigo also allegedly refers to New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, the nation’s first Sikh state attorney general, as “that f—— guy with the turban” and says, “I wanna pull him like a top.”]
He is the chief. One can imagine the recruits he hires and the morale he dictates to his department.