WATCH: After Obscenity-laden Screaming Match with State Trooper, County Cops Disciplined

The volatile exchange, which occurred on I-95 on May 31, was recorded on a state trooper’s dashboard cam and obtained by The Record this week.

A pair of Bergen County Police officers were reprimanded by county officials following a serious shouting match on I-95 near Leonia earlier this year, according to a report

The incident, which occurred on May 31, was recorded on a state trooper’s dashboard cam and obtained by The Record this week

The video, above, shows the volatile confrontation between a county officer and his supervisor and the trooper on the shoulder of I-95. Obscenity-laden tirades appear to be issued back and forth between both sides and at one point the trooper removes his gun from his holster.

"You pulled your [expletive] gun on me," one of the men involved in the confrontation says at around the 7:55 mark.

State cops were on high alert because of at least two reports over the last two weeks of armed criminals masquerading as police officers carjacking motorists on the New Jersey Turnpike, according to The Record.

The names of the officers, as well as the disciplinary actions taken by County Executive Kathleen Donovan, were not disclosed. 

State Police officials, however, defended their force’s actions. 

“[O]ur trooper was fully justified in approaching this stop with the utmost caution,” Col. Rick Fuentes told The Record.

GT August 31, 2013 at 09:29 AM
I expect to see the State troopers on these roads. Not an unmarked minivan. Not sure I'd even stop for an unmarked minivan. State car I pull over asap. If I were the Trooper with reports of police impersonators I'd had my gun out too. It's my opinion that these county guys should of called in, or had thier office call in what they were doing on the STATE ROAD...
Phil Brooks August 31, 2013 at 09:59 AM
Between local cops, of which there are plenty and who do a fine job, and State Troopers, who also do a fine job, what, exactly, do we need county cops for? // Sorry, but judging by this video, the county cops came off as neanderthals. What should have happened was: Trooper: "See some ID, please? We've had a problem with people impersonating police officers." A county cop would have been calm and said "Sure." Trooper: "Good. As this road is State Trooper jurisdiction, why are you here?" "Following a suspected armed robber." "OK, what support can I provide?" // I understand that the situation could wind people up and the dialogue between the cops wouldn't been "sweet as you please," but the attitude, especially on the part of the county cops could have been dialed back a bit. Cops doing their jobs yelling at other cops doing their jobs doesn't exactly lend itself to their gaining the public's respect.
Just Saying August 31, 2013 at 10:19 AM
The issue is "the cop mentality". They feel they are above the law and nobody has the right to question them. They don't feel they need to answer to anybody. Here is a state trooper helping protect the public from turnpike carjackings by armed criminals impersonating officers, and the county officers are giving him a hard time. I praise and thank this trooper for doing his part, and for putting his life on the line, in order to protect everyone who drives the NJ Turnpike. As for the county cops, I hope they are disciplined appropriately. Obstruction of justice?
jazzman August 31, 2013 at 10:21 AM
wow these two county cops?...still not sure!!!!they looked more like ex-prison guards or thugs working the inner cities grabbing drugs from dealers and should be fired,can anyone even imagine being pulled over by these two junkies.hopped up on roids lik a animal out numbering its prey,the trooper should get a medal for not shooting the both of them, believing he was never trained for a situation remotely similar
Helene August 31, 2013 at 11:00 AM
So sad, what an embarrassment to the PD. A simple, hello - can I see your id please? would have done the job. or just radioed the car number to his precinct. So much for nothing.
TD August 31, 2013 at 11:41 AM
I don't fault the trooper for pulling his gun initially. How many legit police stops are made by a minivan on I95? I don't think I would have stopped for them and would have called 911 while driving. Where I think both parties were wrong were doing this in front of the people they stopped. They should have finished with the person they pulled over, then ripped each other a new ahole afterwards. But I can't blame the trooper for what he did initially because he probably thought he was walking into a hostile situation with a police impersonator.
Oliver Train August 31, 2013 at 12:00 PM
I think the real issue here was that the County cops didn't want to share credit for the arrest. So we see them fight like children with the Trooper. Maybe we've got too many cops... At least its good to see that cops treat other cops the same way they treat the public.
jazzman August 31, 2013 at 12:24 PM
its very simple...highly educated and highly trained meets uneducated thugs possibly one time snitches/turned prison guards/ turned cops with roids...Im going to need blood and hair samples from both and we`ll get to bottom of this real fast!
Rich Smith August 31, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Had he been local cop, or on the job in that area for a longer time, the trooper would have known the county guy on sight. Not knowing him, the trooper was just doing his job and the county guy should have recognized that and cooperated. There is a chip on allot of cops shoulders for troopers. Weather justified or not, the middle of the highway is not the place to flex muscles. Besides, why are county police doing good guy, bad guy on the turnpike? That is the State Troopers’ turf, isn’t it? These guys better get coordinated if there are bad guys impersonating police on that road before somebody gets hurt.
Kelly Van Rijn August 31, 2013 at 10:57 PM
The Trooper did nothing wrong. IN an environment of police impersonators robbing people, he comes upon what appears to be another potential robbery. Had the Bergen County officers simply identified themselves, this wouldn't have been a issue. Instead, these apparently uneducated and unprofessional county guys cop an attitude. And their supervisor seems like an idiot, too. ANother reason to disband that totally useless, county PD that does nothing but suck the taxpayer dry.
Kelly Van Rijn August 31, 2013 at 10:59 PM
From Helen: So sad, what an embarrassment to the PD. A simple, hello - can I see your id please? would have done the job. or just radioed the car number to his precinct. So much for nothing. Really? And if they were fake cops, don't you think Trooper should have done exactly what he did- err on the side of caution?
Allen Sr September 01, 2013 at 08:01 AM
Ever worked on Wall Street? I've seen some "professional" conversation that would make this look like a friendly hello!
Maureen Hourigan September 01, 2013 at 09:22 AM
why aren't we being warned and notified about recent carjackings on the turnpike
The Griffin Family September 01, 2013 at 09:52 AM
Thank God his department backed that troopers actions! Kudos to them. He did request ID immediately and was met with that angry gorilla, macho man, looks alot like roid rage attitude that we all have to worry about during a traffic stop. The only thing the trooper could have done better was to remain calm while that chip on his shoulder poor excuse for an officer lost control of himself like a 2 year old, like a little baby throwing a tantrum. The trooper should not have allowed himself to be pulled down to his level. Funny how when the officers buddies got there all hell really broke loose. The supervisor gets there and can't even get his own guy under control. And who the hell pulls people over in a minivan??? We have to stop for that?? I wouldnt stop for a minivan! Are you kidding me? It looks like a paper license plate too cause it's blowing in the wind. The whole scenario was highly suspicious! That trooper did the absolute right thing throughout and they treated him like dirt. This video is a disgrace to all police. Thank you to whoever released it to the public so that the Bergen County guys can be utterly humiliated. It's a real shame that that's the way the new guys are treated. Why would young people aspire to be police officers after seeing this?
Sal September 01, 2013 at 09:58 AM
The State Trooper is a full blown MENTAL Case. Listen to his words "Don't look at me, Don't look at me" only people with severe mental issues say those words. Listen to the trooper when he tells the Bergen County officer to Get off the phone AFTER the Bergen Country sheriff ALREADY identified himself. He tells the Bergen County Sheriff Don't look at me ___AFTER the Bergen County Sheriff ALREADY identified himself and showed the trooper his ID. The State Police better get rid on this mental case wacko trooper before he shoots a totally innocent motorist. More then likely he did too many tours of duty in Iraq or Afghanistan and his can no longer think straight. All he had to do was run the plate number before he got out of his vehicles and the Trooper would have known it was Bergen County police vehicle, before he opened his mount to show how dumb he is.
Fred M September 01, 2013 at 11:12 AM
Confrontation would of been avoided had the County Officers simply obeyed the Troopers request. What bothers me is these county officers know the Trooper had a job to do. They know the routine that is involved here. They had the " How Dare You Ask Me " attitude right from the start. I am sure if the Roles were reversed here the County Police would expect an undercover Trooper to not have attitude and simply obey the Officers request.
The Griffin Family September 01, 2013 at 11:25 AM
It's not easy to see, hear or understand as the video does not get any larger and a few areas the audio cuts out. I could be mistaken but it appears that when the trooper says don't look at me, he's saying that to the motorist who was initially pulled over. I thought this was a common tactic police use so that it cuts down on the problems they may get when dealing with the public. Ex: if the person in question is not watching the officer, they are not apt to find a good opportunity to run, pull a weapon, etc. On another note, If he has served for us in Iraq or Afghanistan (or anywhere) and has had the good fortune to return, then he deserves our gratitude, respect and help if he needs it.
KrisTee September 01, 2013 at 11:48 AM
Sal, what video did you watch? First, they didn't identify themselves as Bergen County Sheriff, matter of fact they didn't identity themselves at all until the Trooper asked more than one time. These where BCPD, a total duplication of resources, waste of taxpayers money and after this incidents became public, they are an embarrassment to the police community. The trooper's statement was directed at the constituents in the vehicle. Maybe the trooper is ex-military and maybe that's how he kept his composure when he found these two incompetent steroid heads in a mini-van on I-95. The two BC poor excuses for police where reprimanded and now they will have this incident in their jacket. As for the trooper? Come down to the Totowa barracks and you can meet him. This trooper is the guy that would lay his life down for you...
jazzman September 01, 2013 at 12:34 PM
people looking at the very same thing like jurors in delibration room,bringing there own life experiences to the table, i am still amazed as to the class and composer of this state trooper and would be in complete all to shake your hand,I have very little doult as to who is the insane one and its this guy Sal....dont look at me dont look at me ...is ...if im not mistaken...and im not... a tactic used to gain control ...liken it to dont even think about it,.. stopping any confrontation if he preceives him as a possible threat... obviously only used to the passenger involved here... remembering now officer Lamonico from the Hope barrics back in the 80`s ...shot and killed by the passenger.....I`ll give this to the trooper you got class and balls ! oh and that big so called supervisor tugging and pulling you telling you "to get the hell out of here"its back to guard duty and state highway prisoner clean up patrols!
Thomas Forrest Ritter September 01, 2013 at 04:41 PM
I commend the trooper. Shame those meatheads are still employed.
Fred M September 01, 2013 at 07:26 PM
These Police officers treated the Trooper like that? Are you kidding me. They took a situation that should of been routine and brought it to the point where someone could of got hurt. FOR WHAT? Does the public really need those officers on the job? Please do your Job and Serve the public with honor. If you can't, please quit. I can't imagine how they would treat an ordinary person on a traffic stop.
Thomas A. Blasi September 01, 2013 at 08:46 PM
I take no sides, nor am I a law enforcement officer but I know that law enforcement officers; be they local police or state police are under a lot of pressure and stress, their lives are always on the line; in or out of uniform. Law Enforcement officers have the highest rate of divorce in the population & because of their restrictions they must always act as model citizens. The average individual (you and I) can get away with a lot more than law enforcement officers. Law enforcement officers must keep in good physical shape, know the laws work crazy hours and for all that they have a short job span, have you ever seen an old police officer? Therefore, before you make judgment think about this; when there is a problem in your home or neighborhood, who is the first person you call?
Gordo K September 01, 2013 at 09:38 PM
Hey, Sal. Did you happen to notice that the license plate on the back of that alleged county vehicle was flappin' in the breeze? Suspicious? Kudos to the rookie State Trooper and shame on the friggin' lumpjaw animals.
Phil Brooks September 01, 2013 at 09:45 PM
Thomas, I've got one thing to say in response to what you wrote: Last time I checked, people weren't shanghaied into becoming police officers. So, if there's a lot of pressure, stress and high divorce rates, they have no one to blame but themselves; it was a choice THEY made. // And why don't you see old cops? Because most of them can retire with a full pension and benefits somewhere around 50. // I have the utmost respect for most law enforcement as they're doing a job that I wouldn't go within a mile of. That being said, the county cops on this video were crude and an embarrassment to the profession and I have total respect for the State Trooper who was as respectful as he could considering he was among apes.
milly September 02, 2013 at 07:49 AM
Thomas your way out of line. Cops pull more shite than anyone and they live behind their guns. Without a gun they are nothing. I saw a cop wreck a family because he bedded a happily married woman who was going through a tough time, yea he was there alright, pants down. Family wrecked! In Glen Rock.
Phil Brooks September 02, 2013 at 08:34 AM
Milly, She couldn't have been THAT happily married.
jazzman September 02, 2013 at 09:43 AM
need i remind everyone not more then a year ago the sheriff officers in about 2 or 3 cars riding on some expressway they chased and then pulled over a car,ex military driver,boxed him in then shot him through the passenger window just missing his female passenger because as they say...`he was "reaching for something"...more like a execution!
delgado September 02, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Bergen County government is a complete wreck, this is what we get when the republican county executive Donovan puts her own cousin Chief Higgins in the double dipping $195,000 job,,,,,with massive pay to play, sex scandals, and republican freeholder Dinicola calling BCPD for backup,,,, these Bergen republicans have to go.
LM September 03, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Regardless of the cops' behavior, not in a million years should ANYONE pull over for a friggin Caravan! How much less professional can police get with these routine stops? How about I slap some flashers on my two-door and use a loudspeaker to order people out of the left lane? The next time it looks like you're being pulled over by something off the used car lot in Paterson, call 911 to make sure the stop is legit.
JerseyGirlLynette September 07, 2013 at 01:45 PM
This is too funny. The police at each others throats. THE STATE TROOPER WAS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT IN EVERYTHING HE DID. STAND YOUR GROUND MR STATE TROOPER. I hope all three of the police officers get suspended. What about the person that was pulled over. LMFAO. Too damn funny.


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