N.J. police chief defends his officer who used ‘inappropriate language’ to describe wife of convicted murderer

NEW JERSEY — A New Jersey police officer who made derogatory comments about his wife during a domestic dispute has defended his actions, saying the comments were taken out of context and the comments never went beyond an exchange of words.

The officers actions were completely inappropriate and he has been reprimanded for them, New Jersey State Police Chief Thomas J. Delaney said in a statement Tuesday.

The officer, who is not identified by name in the statement, was responding to a report of an alleged domestic disturbance on Sunday night in the borough of Newark, according to police.

The couple, who has a 2-year-old son, was arrested and charged with first-degree domestic battery, according the police statement.

They have a 10-month-old baby.

In the statement released Tuesday, Delaney acknowledged that his comments were “inappropriate and insensitive” and that he was taking responsibility for them.

He said he “understood the gravity of what I had said” but added that he did not intend to hurt his wife or children.

Delaney said the officer apologized to his wife and their children.

He said he also apologized to the family of the man arrested.

Police spokesman Capt. Paul Chinn said the incident was investigated internally and the officer “has been placed on leave pending the outcome of that investigation.”

The New Jersey Star-Ledger newspaper reported Tuesday that the woman, whose name was not released, has been released on a $10,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on March 23.