Irvington, NEW JERSEY (PIX11) — Four Irvington New Jersey police officers will likely find out this week if they will be disciplined or lose their jobs. The men perform in a rap video that’s been posted on Youtube.
The problem: they use a word that’s considered a homophobic slur.
The main rapper is the president of the police union. His rap name is “Gat the Great. His real name is Maurice Gattison. And he told PIX11 News, “I took credit for my role and what they believe to be inappropriate.” The veteran cop said, “I could have chosen better words to use.”
Gattison’s lawyer, Anthony J. Iacullo said the four officers meant with the Irvington Police Department this past week. And the department hasn’t “…handed down a decision as of yet, but the meeting went well and the hearing went well. And hopefully the administration will take action that is appropriate for what took place and will realize obviously Mr. Gattison is an excellent officer.”
But Irvington Councilman David Lyons said minor discipline is not enough. He said officers should be held to a higher stander. “I think this is serious. I think there should be serious suspension, up to and including termination,” said Lyons.
The Star Ledger reported Sunday the men face internal affairs charges that include conduct unbecoming a police officer. Gattison and his lawyer denied that but would say would the charges are. The Irvington Police Director could not be reached for comment Sunday night.