Police Director in New Jersey Resigns After Inquiry Finds He Used Racist and Sexist Slurs

Police Director in New Jersey Resigns After Inquiry Finds He Used Racist and Sexist Slurs

The top law enforcement official in Elizabeth, one of New Jersey’s largest and most diverse cities, resigned on Tuesday after an inquiry found that he had routinely referred to police officers in his department using racist and sexist slurs.

The official, James Cosgrove, who has led the police force in Elizabeth since 1998, had faced mounting pressure to step aside following an investigation by the Union County prosecutor’s office that began after a lawyer for several police officers filed complaints.

The state’s attorney general, Gurbir S. Grewal, had demanded that Mr. Cosgrove resign.