Timeline of N.J. State Police struggles with racial discrimination

(NJ.com) The struggle by the State Police to move past their checkered history of racial discrimination was dealt a blow this week when retired Maj. Gerald Lewis sued the force and Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes, claiming he was the target of a bogus, racially motivated internal investigation.

Lewis — who became one of the most visible members of Fuentes' inner circle in New Jersey, brokering ties with black church and community leaders to recruit more minority troopers — alleges he became the target of the probe because he was a high-ranking, black male who might be in line to be the next colonel.

Here’s how the force’s history of discrimination has unfolded:

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