Four New Jersey police officers are facing internal charges for conduct unbecoming of a police officer after the off-duty officers appeared in a rap video drinking alcohol, bragging about being felons and using homophobic language.
Maurice Gattison, 44, head of the Irvington police union, rapping under the name “Gat the Great” sings, “True confession, I’m a felon for life.”
Senior officers appeared in a video for the song “Temper Like an Alcoholic” wearing hoodies, chains, fur coats and gold watches.
One officer can be seen awkwardly swinging a heavy flail — a weapon you might recognize from the Middle Ages.
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Gattison, an 18-year veteran, sings of getting revenge against his rivals and uses the word “faggot” several times.
He defended the song, saying: “When I say the words, I never say it like intending to slander anybody. I've never used that term like that in my whole life. They don't have nothing. My career is impeccable. I do my job.”
Deputy Chief Dwayne Mitchell has brought charges against Gattison and the other officers, according to Irvington Police Directer Joseph Santiago. If found guilty, the officers could lose their jobs.
Gattison claims Mitchell already saw the video last year and allowed him to perform at the department's Christmas party.
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