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NJ Officers Say They're Suspended Over Military Service

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Two New Jersey police officers say they've been suspended without pay because of their service in the United States military.

Both police officers in Essex County claim they've been put on suspension for being deployed overseas years ago.

They're accused of abusing military leave.

However, their attorney claims she has evidence to prove otherwise.

And the officers say the ordeal has made this holiday season difficult.

Hector Cartagena, one of the suspended officers, said, "It's hard. The family, there's no Christmas presents for them right now. You know, we'll get through this, I have no doubt. But, it's just everything I worked for up to this point."

The other officer, Michael McCracken, said, "It's devastating. I've got a wife and three small children, a 3-year-old, a 5-year-old and a 6-year-old. I'm without a paycheck now."

Both officers and war veterans say everything they've done has been completely legal.

Their attorney says they offered to provide proof of their active-duty-status but the department refused to accept it.

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