NJ Cops Accused of Hiding Keys to Protest Layoffs

Police chief says department veterans apologized for "juvenile behavior"

Thursday, Dec 9, 2010  |  Updated 9:31 AM EDT
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NJ Cops Accused of Hiding Keys to Protest Layoffs

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Jersey City moving forward with plan to lay off 82 officers.

Two police officers in New Jersey's second-largest city are accused of hiding keys at a mayoral fundraiser to protest pending layoffs.

The two officers, whose names were not released, rallied outside a restaurant where Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy was holding a fundraiser last week.

Officials told The Jersey City Journal surveillance video captured the officers grabbing keys from a valet parking kiosk and tossing them into bushes.

Healy plans to lay off 82 police officers and demote 12 superior officers because of budget troubles.

Jersey City Police Chief Tom Comey says the two veterans of his department have apologized for their "juvenile behavior.''

The pair face suspension.

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