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Clark Mayor Sal Bonaccorso. (Photo: Clark Township).

Clark PBA calls for Bonaccorso’s resignation following racial slur scandal

Letter does not mention involvement of two Clark police officials

By Joey Fox, April 22 2022 3:32 pm

The Clark Policemen’s Benevolent Association issued an open letter today that calls for Clark Mayor Sal Bonaccorso’s resignation, saying that they were “disheartened and outraged” by Bonaccorso’s reported use of racial slurs and calling for his resignation.

“The failure of his insight and judgment into his actions is so severe as to have irreparably compromised his ability to supervise our membership and our township,”  the letter reads. “We see no other course of conduct short of resignation of Mayor Bonaccorso which will allow our membership and our community to begin to heal from his disgraceful statements.”

Last month, an NJ Advance Media investigation found that Bonaccorso and two police officials, police chief Pedro Matos and internal affairs sergeant Joseph Teston, had been allegedly caught on tape two years ago using a number of epithets, including the n-word. The Union County township later paid $400,000 to a whistleblower and his attorney in order to prevent the recording from being released.

Since that story was published, a large number of state and local officials have condemned Bonaccorso, including Gov. Phil Murphy, Senator Bob Menendez, Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes), and former Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. (R-Westfield). 

The letter from the Clark PBA released today does not once mention the involvement of the two police officials, focusing only on Bonaccorso’s actions and an ongoing probe by the state Office of Public Integrity and Accountability (which is looking into both the town government and the police department).

“Our PBA remains committed to honorably serve the residents of Clark,” it reads. “We look forward to the day when we can begin to heal as a community and unite behind true leadership.”

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