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

The Clark Policemen’s Benevolent Association today released an open letter calling for the resignation of Clark Mayor Sal Bonaccorso, saying 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 in his actions is so severe that it has irreparably compromised his ability to oversee our members and our township,” the letter said. “We see no other course of action than the resignation of Mayor Bonaccorso that will allow our members and our community to begin to heal from his shameful statements.”

Last month, a NJ Advance Media Survey discovered that Bonaccorso and two police officials, Police Chief Pedro Matos and Home Affairs Sergeant Joseph Teston, were allegedly registered two years ago using a number of epithets, including the n-word. The Township of Union County later paid $400,000 to a whistleblower and his attorney to prevent the tape from being released.

Since this story was published, many state and local officials have convict Bonaccorsoincluding Gov. Phil Murphy, Sen. Bob Menendez and former Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. (R-Westfield).

The Clark PBA letter released today does not once mention the involvement of the two officers, focusing only on the actions of Bonaccorso and a current probe by the state’s Office of Public Integrity and Accountability (which reviews both the city government and the police department).

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