EDISON — He spat out epithets for African-Americans, Hispanics and Asian Indians, fellow officers said. He called women “whores” and said a pregnant officer’s baby “should be killed,” the colleagues said.
The combustible allegations are contained in statements — obtained by The Star-Ledger — that Edison police officers made to an internal affairs investigator about their controversial sergeant, Alex Glinsky.
A former internal affairs commander went further in a sworn statement in civil court, saying he routinely received complaints that Glinsky engaged in blatant racial profiling, pulling over black motorists and ordering them out of town.
Glinsky, 49, retired last year after pleading guilty to unrelated departmental charges.
But he recently landed a job that again put him in uniform and in close contact with the public: screening passengers at Newark Liberty International Airport, one of several airports where the Transportation Security Administration documented cases of racial profiling in a report last year.
The Star-Ledger, which revealed some of the claims against Glinsky in a two-part series on the Edison Police Department earlier this month, confirmed his employment with the TSA last week. Days after the inquiry, Glinsky and the federal agency parted ways.
TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein declined to say whether Glinsky resigned or was fired. Farbstein would say only that Glinsky, a part-time screener at a security checkpoint, no longer worked for the agency.
She said TSA policy prohibited her from releasing Glinsky’s salary or hire date. A request placed through the Freedom of Information Act is pending.
Glinsky, who previously worked security at a Motor Vehicle Commission office in Edison, is believed to have started the TSA job in the past two months. On Dec. 12, he posted on Twitter that he was undergoing training on X-ray equipment.
Among some who are acquainted with Glinsky, the hiring raises questions about the TSA’s vetting process for employees.
“Where the hell is the federal government?” asked Joseph Stenukinis, the former internal affairs commander who submitted the sworn statement about Glinsky in connection with a civil suit. “This guy has been all over the newspapers for a long time. It’s appalling. They’re remiss in their responsibilities.”
Farbstein said every security officer undergoes a thorough criminal background check, which includes submitting fingerprints to the FBI and cross-checking names against terrorist watch lists.
“Additionally, the agency investigates all allegations of misconduct against security officers and takes appropriate action, which can include referral to law enforcement and termination of employment,” Farbstein said.
Glinsky was charged with aggravated assault following a 1998 bar fight and with criminal sexual contact after a 16-year-old girl told authorities in 1992 he touched her inappropriately on two occasions, but in both cases, the counts were dismissed.
A search of news databases — and in some cases a simple Google search — would have pulled up several episodes of alleged misconduct, including a claim by a fellow officer in 2008 that Glinsky refused to help rescue people from an overturned car because the occupants were “dirty (expletive) Indians.”
Glinsky, a burly Edison native who served on the police department for 25 years, vehemently denies the allegations of racism, contending they were concocted by officers who resented the fact that he held them accountable and wrote them up if they shirked.
His lawyer, Lawrence Bitterman, called the claims of racism “absurd.”
“All those officers violated the attorney general’s guidelines and the law if they knew of allegations of racial profiling and didn’t immediately report it,” Bitterman said. “It’s certainly a breach of their professional responsibility. And if their statements are false, they’re just liars.”
Internal affairs records obtained by The Star-Ledger show the charges of racism were not sustained, meaning the investigator could neither prove nor disprove the claims.
At least four officers made sweeping statements to the IA investigator, saying Glinsky routinely used racially offensive language, sometimes in earshot of civilians.
“Sgt. Glinsky … has verbally demonstrated he is a racist, a bigot and a sexist,” Officer Shawn Meade, the department’s dog handler, told the investigator in a taped statement in August 2008, according to a transcript.
Earlier in the conversation, Meade said Glinsky referred to a civilian dispatcher as a “filthy whore,” a term he also allegedly used for a pregnant officer.
“She’s a whore, her baby should be killed,” Meade contends Glinsky said. “He has also asked me questions in reference to is my dog trained to hate black people but he used a derogatory term in reference to the blacks.”
The officers’ statements, along with the sworn certification by Stenukinis and an internal affairs summary of complaints against Glinsky, can be found on NJ.com.
Despite the serious allegations of racist behavior, it was home-made pornography that ended Glinsky’s career. He had left a photo of himself, naked and aroused, on a computer at police headquarters. An investigator found Glinsky also downloaded photos of nude women and cruised dating websites while working.
In a departmental plea deal, he agreed to forfeit accrued vacation and sick pay. He was then permitted to go on a nine-month stress leave, bringing him to the pension-boosting 25-year threshold as an officer. He officially retired in February 2011 with a pension that begins at $84,000 per year.
Glinsky has called the photos a “personal matter.”
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