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Video: "Angry, profane" roadside feud between plainclothes officers, trooper

The trooper was wary of police impersonators after several recent carjackings had occurred in the state

By PoliceOne staff

BERGEN COUNTY, N.J. — Dash cam video shows a New Jersey State Trooper pull up behind two plainclothes officers who pulled over a motorist in an unmarked minivan, prompting an angry feud between the three officers.

The trooper, who has not been identified, stopped to investigate the traffic stop because of a recent rash of carjacking by police impersonators, according to NJ.com.

The plainclothes officers conducting the stop, Sgt. Gabriel Escobar and Officer Robert Duboue, identified themselves, but the dialog quickly turned angry.

The profanity-laced argument began when the trooper removed his gun while investigating the van, angering the officers, according to Cliff View Pilot. The trooper explained that he was wary of impersonators, but the argument raged on.

Authorities aren’t pointing fingers at any of the officers involved.

"It appears that the Trooper was doing his job in stopping and investigating the motor vehicle stop and the Bergen County Police Officer conducted a motor vehicle stop for a violation of the traffic laws," said Bergen County Chief Brian Higgins in an email to NJ.com.

"That motor vehicle stop did warrant further investigation at which time the County Police Officer was continuing to act in his capacity as a law enforcement officer.”

Col. Rick Fuentes issued a statement supporting the trooper, saying, “Aware of these incidents, and with no advance notice of the operation, our trooper was fully justified in approaching this stop with the utmost caution."

Bergen County chief of staff Jeanne Baratta confirmed that Escobar and Duboue were disciplined, but was not able to release any further details. 

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