NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A member of the City Council said she would like a police officer removed from the department after he was the subject of an internal affairs review following allegations he used a city-issued cell phone to repeatedly contact a woman and send her at least one nude photo of himself.
Rebecca Escobar, who has been a council member since 2010, revealed during Wednesday night’s meeting that she had spoken with Director Anthony Caputo about the investigation into allegations made by the woman – a city employee - against Lt. Raymond Trigg.
From that conversation, Escobar said she learned that Trigg has been replaced as the director of the domestic violence unit.
When city resident Jalisa Watson asked the five-member council if that was enough, Escobar responded.
“I would like to see him be removed from the police department just because of the behavior exhibited. That’s my personal opinion and it’s not based on the facts, criminology, the statutes and everything else,” Escobar said.
“All of us, we need to be responsible for our actions and accountable for what we do regardless of who it is. And when you are in a position of authority and power over others, even more so. So, you have to be careful. I am not exempt. I have to be accountable for my behavior and all of us have to. Some of us have to be held at a little bit of a higher standard, even though we’re human. We make mistakes, but we have to be a little bit more careful when we are dealing with the work that we do, especially if we are working in the community.”
Watson and her sister, Jocelyn, were among the most vocal during the meeting, stating that they had sent letters to Gov. Phil Murphy, Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver and others, seeking further investigation into the matter.
“We will not stop until he is removed,” Jocelyn said.
When she indicated that she had some personal knowledge about the allegations and knew the woman who made the allegations against Trigg, Capt. J.T. Miller, the public information officer for the New Brunswick Police Department told her, “It sounds like you have some personal information If you do have information, please contact the internal affairs office so we can continue an investigation. If there is new information, we will re-open the investigation into Lt. Trigg.”
Trigg has been accused of calling the woman 43 times in one day and showing up at her home uninvited, according to a published report in New Brunswick Today. The report did not identify the woman.
This was the second straight council meeting where the allegations against Trigg were raised by residents who were outraged that the review yielded a “not sustained” finding.
During the July 1 council meeting, Escobar said that Trigg displayed “the behavior of a stalker.”
"That’s not the way anybody should behave in the police department or anywhere,” Escobar said. “And I’m waiting to see – I personally, from what I’ve read and to the best of my knowledge, some of the texts that were printed that I’ve read, that’s the behavior of a stalker.”