Comments Made by Officers About Lecky Are 'Devastating,' Friend Says

Raymar Lecky's friends speak out against two West Orange officers while mother demands they be fired.


About a dozen of Raymar Lecky's friends and family attended Tuesday evening's Township Council meeting in reaction to the West Orange cops who allegedly made light of Lecky's killing on Facebook.

West Orange police officers, Sgt. William Mango and Officer Karen Roach, allegedly commented that Lecky was a gang member and a drug dealer, which violated the township's social media policy.

Two of Lecky's friends spoke out against the two cops involved while Lecky's mother, Jean Lecky, demanded the firing of the officers at the meeting.

“These two officers are still [on duty] with this [unfortunate] mentality,” said Arron Tucker, a friend of the Lecky’s. “I lived in Newark… and it’s no joke what’s going on there. I’ve been a bystander to [more than one violent incident]. For two public officials to make such [indefensible comments] is devastating. It’s scary that this [officer] is walking around with a gun on his waist.” 

“I'm shocked and most of the public is shocked,” he added. “These two guys represent the West Orange police department. You don’t encourage kids to kill each other.” 

Another friend, Mekonnen Rutty, said, “No matter what kind of person you are, you should have respect for the dead… We should remember every one as a human being.”

The council echoed the feelings of those who spoke on the incident.

“It’s unfortunate that with social media individuals with very disturbing feelings are allowed to express [those feelings],” said Cirilo. “It’s a dangerous outlet… a lot of people’s lives are affected. I am confident that our internal affairs system will deal with whoever was responsible.” 

“I read that story in the Star Ledger with a great deal of alarm,” Councilman Joe Krakoviak said. “For everyone here who is concerned about that incident, you are very well deserving of that concern. But I do have to say that, as painful as it is, [we really need to let the process] take its time. I can’t speak for my colleagues, but we are very focused on seeing this through and making sure that justice is done.”

Raymar Lecky was shot and killed on New Year’s Eve following an argument over a woman with his friend Dwayne Edwards, 21, in Newark.

Jean Lecky told the council, "If you still have these officers on duty [after them behaving this way] it says a lot about you. If you allow them to continue to accept money from taxpayers, like myself, it says even more about you.” 

Lecky did have a criminal past, according to his record, but investigators have linked neither gangs nor drugs to his killing.

Edwards, who lives in East Orange, has been charged with Lecky’s murder and is awaiting trial.

Raymond Helfrich February 07, 2013 at 04:24 PM
What is "the township's social media policy" and where can we see it?
Adam White February 07, 2013 at 07:45 PM
People choose to be offended. This is a free society, and while the comments may or may not be appropriate, I question whether the word "devastating" is applicable. Someone's character and reputation are formed by their actions (or inactions), not the opinions of others. That being said, even if the officers' comments were insensitive, they are by no means a reason for them to lose their job. People are overreacting here and people have to stop finding reasons to be offended ...
David Peart February 07, 2013 at 09:52 PM
There are several questions here beyond the notion of sensitivity. The question of whether or not their reckless remarks potentially compromise the prosecutions case is also a legitimate concern. This is not about the deceased's reputation. It's about the officers opinions, and whether or not their expressing those opinions are a violation of department policy. There is no question whether or not their remarks are offensive and inappropriate. As taxpayers, we hope that we hire adult professionals who understand the difference. As to whether or not it's devastating, it doesn't take mental health professional to understand that in the minds of the deceased's family and friends it would be. One need not seek reasons to be offended in this instance, as the evidence is embarrassingly apparent to anyone looking at the matter objectively.
Gunny February 10, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Sensitivity training, a reassignment and done. The township has invested in these employees with years of training and experience. Nobody was shot and they're human beings. They made a mistake. Social media + Public Employee = Bad
jay lee February 11, 2013 at 05:09 AM
this is so ridiculous... send them to some training and give them a written reprimand and be done with it... they want experienced police officers fired for making a distasteful comment on a social media website.... what a joke... they wanna get paid
Nalinie February 13, 2013 at 06:12 AM
I am raymars sister and jay,funny,Adam. You have no clue.My family is not after money thank you. These cops told a young woman that they hope my brothers killer finds her and robs her before he gets caught. Now this could be your child and if you are comfortable slapping them on the wrist then I hope you have someone to turbot other than the cops. My mother was more focused on this young girls safety.And by the way ask her how she is doing she is terrified of the cops. We always thought these things happen to other people or we watch it on TV. I would hope none who comes on here blogging with ignorance ever have to go through this.
Nalinie February 13, 2013 at 06:14 AM
David you are an intelligent man.


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