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Woman plans suit against anti-police councilman who called her chief’s ‘whore’

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BEYOND BERGEN: A Sussex County councilman who resigned after stirring a firestorm with anti-police cartoons and comments is the target of pending lawsuit by a woman he accused of being the police chief’s “whore” on Facebook and other social media sites.

Nancy DiMauro has filed a notice of intent to sue David Fanale and the Franklin Borough Council for slander and liber, saying that he disparaged her in retaliation for a letter ot the editor she wrote in support of borough police.

Fanale posted a photo of a woman giving a man oral sex in one of the posts, the notice alleges.

DiMauro, who said she is Franklin Police Chief Eugene McInerney’s girlfriend, says the council knew about the post and ignored her requests to censure or sanction Fanale — even though he was doing so personally and not as a public official.

Fanale resigned from the council on July 9 following a council meeting attended by more than 200 residents and law enforcement officers demanding his removal.

Opponents said it was “despicable” for Fanale to say some of the things he did — comparing police officers to criminals and referring to them as “pigs,” “bullies” and “thugs,” for instance — after he and his fiancée were stopped by Roxbury police last year.

The tipping point was an image that Fanale posted on Facebook of the cartoon character Calvin pissing on the recognized symbol of the Thin Blue Line while raising his middle finger.

“To piss on the graves of fallen officers publicly — that’s beyond the bounds of decency and respect,” state Corrections Officer Sean Kelly told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

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Fanale removed the offensive image after protestors began organizing online — particularly through the Facebook group “David Fanale Franklin, NJ, Councilman Has to Go.”

He replaced it with one of actor Tom Lennon from the Comedy Central show, “Reno 911.″

That was, in turn, replaced by a cartoon of the Cartman character from “South Park” mooning.

Some of those attending the July 9 meeting carried signs that said “Dump Fanale” and “Stop Hate, Fanale Must Go.”

Fanale didn’t attend the session. He was at a Roxbury council meeting, accusing police there of “whitewashing” an internal affairs complaint that he filed following what he insisted was an “unconstitutional” traffic stop on May 21, 2013. READ MORE….

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