[Christine] Petersen, the former public safety director, sought information on active police internal affairs and criminal investigations, Mooney said Tuesday, adding that he believes Petersen crossed a line and sought access to documents she should not have been able to see as a civilian.
In one case, she sought information on a domestic violence issue involving an Atlantic City police officer that was under investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, Mooney said.
In a 2010 memo from Langford to Petersen, the mayor asked that Petersen seek information on the case, which involved Atlantic City Police Capt. Barbara Black. According to the Langford memo shown in court, Black, who is now retired, was arrested in Pleasantville in February 2010 on charges of threatening to kill her estranged husband, Larry Taylor, also a retired police officer.
Mooney claims these actions amount to retaliation for his objection to city officials “overstepping” their bounds. He objected, too, to the city pulling K-9 units off the street in response to resident complains.
What it sounds like is that Mooney didn’t want to take orders from his bosses or accept their authority over his department. He should remember he and other cops are “civilians” just like the rest of the city’s employees are, self-serving rhetoric notwithstanding.