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Wed Dec 6, 2023, 01:40 PM Dec 6

Recommendation that cops be retrained after exposure to Dennis Benigno's disgusting "Street Cop Training" [View all]


By Tracey Tully
Dec. 6, 2023
Updated 10:34 a.m. ET

At a police training seminar in Atlantic City, N.J., one instructor flashed a photo of a monkey while telling participants about his interaction with a 75-year-old Black man, video shows. Another appeared to mock the L.G.B.T.Q. community: “He or she, him, her, she, him” — whatever “you want to call people now.” Several instructors referred to the size of their genitals in lectures that glorified violence.

And Dennis Benigno, the founder of Street Cop Training, which describes itself as the fastest-growing private police training company in the United States, told the attendees that he looked forward to vacations in Colombia surrounded by cocaine, “hookers” and poor girls who “need to do things to make money.”

Nearly 1,000 police officers from across the country listened to Mr. Benigno and the other instructors during the six-day, $499 seminar run by Street Cop in October 2021, according to an investigation and video footage released Wednesday by Kevin D. Walsh, New Jersey’s acting comptroller.

Tax dollars paid much of the bill.

“We found so many examples of so many instructors promoting views and tactics that were wildly inappropriate, offensive, discriminatory, harassing, and, in some cases, likely illegal,” Mr. Walsh said in a statement.


One speaker encouraged married female officers in attendance to flirt with their spouses because “God knows there are some whores who will if you don’t.” Ralph Friedman, a former detective with the New York Police Department, described his involvement in 13 incidents of deadly force, in which he shot eight people, killing four, as “batting .500,” according to the report.
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