NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A rally calling for an officer to be removed from the New Brunswick Police Department is being planned for Aug. 5.
Lt. Raymond Trigg was the subject of an internal affairs review following allegations he used a city-issued cell phone to repeatedly contact a woman who works for the city and send her at least one nude photo of himself.
He also allegedly showed up at her house unannounced.
The rally is scheduled to start at about 4:30 p.m. in front of the Middlesex County Family Court building at 120 New St.
The rally will stop in front of the police station before continuing to City Hall at 78 Bayard St.
New Brunswick resident Jocelyn Watson, who is organizing the event with her sister, Jalisa, said the hope is to have everyone who is participating in the rally call into the council meeting that night and demand that Trigg is removed from the police department.
“We want them (the City Council members) to see us as they’re walking into the meeting,” Watson said. “We want them to see that we’re passionate about this issue and that we want this issue resolved.”
Watson is also calling for a series of “Action Days.” Today, she is urging people to call, email, send letter and direct social media posts toward State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, urging him to remove Trigg.
Watson is urging others to focus the pressure on Gov. Phil Murphy and Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver on Tuesday and then on Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone on Thursday.
“Even if the governor and the others don’t read it, they know it’s going out to them,” Watson said. “They know there’s a foot on their necks. At the same time, (the New Brunswick Police Department will think), ‘Oh, we have to do something about this. They’re going above us. They don’t respect us. They don’t trust us.’ I want them to have that feeling.”
Jocelyn said she is and her sister are working as advocates for the woman, who has not yet been identified. The woman is “100% on board” with their efforts, Jocelyn said.
Jocelyn and Jalisa called for Trigg’s firing at last week’s City Council meeting, where it was revealed by Councilwoman Rebecca Escobar that Trigg had been replaced as the director of the domestic violence unit, even though an internal affairs investigation done in conjunction with the prosecutor’s office yielded a “not sustained” finding.
At that meeting, Escobar said she “would like to see him be removed from the police department just because of the behavior exhibited.”
Trigg has not responded to messages seeking comment left by TAPinto New Brunswick.