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N.J. police accused of lewd, racist acts

Nov. 28, 2007 at 7:58 PM

HOBOKEN, N.J., Nov. 28 (UPI) -- A group of New Jersey police officers sent to deliver relief supplies to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina is in hot water.

Since the 2005 goodwill trip, charges of lewd and racist behavior have surfaced involving the Hoboken chief of police and the department's SWAT team, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported.

A lawsuit filed by five police officers accuses a Hoboken police lieutenant of racist behavior during the trip to Kenner, La.

A photograph has surfaced of Hoboken Police Chief Carmen LaBruno with a topless woman, allegedly taken in New Orleans during Carnival, and some Hoboken police officers posing with Hooters waitresses and allowing the waitresses to hold their weapons.

Since the trip, the 12-member Hoboken SWAT team has been disbanded and the city is investigating the group of officers who delivered the supplies to Kenner -- a city "adopted" by Hoboken -- the newspaper reported.

"The city is taking this matter very seriously because of the nature of the allegations," said city spokesman Bill Campbell.

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