NEWARK - News 12 New Jersey has learned Newark's City Council is already one year into an investigation of alleged widespread discrimination in the department. These allegations assert a history of discrimination against black and Hispanic rank-and-file officers.

Gene Collins, a 14-year veteran of the Newark Police Department, with a clean record, came forward to internal affairs officers to report that drug dealers approached him about another officer who'd allegedly stolen $85,000 of their money, and that a white lieutenant signed off on it.

He says he was disciplined for failing to report the threat and eventually fired, while the alleged theft went un-investigated. During the same time period officer Mike Lalley, a white officer accused of witness tampering, and paying two minors for sex, among other accusations, served a one-week suspension and was returned to administrative duty.

Around two dozen black, Hispanic and female officers have filed suits.

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