01/19/2011

A wrenching day for laid-off NJ police

"When a doctor is laid off, he's still a doctor" said one cop. An officer loses the ability to identify himself as such

By Mike Newall
The Philadelphia Inquirer

CAMDEN, NJ — Officer John Martinez couldn't sleep Monday night. With 10 years on the Camden Police Department, Martinez, 38, was halfway to a pension. His wife is three months pregnant.

Hours before he was to turn in his badge, reality had sunk in.

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