Harrowing experiences and shocking details regarding the societal phenomenon known as, “Racial Profiling” fill the pages of this true story based on the life of New Jersey State Trooper John Hogan. Following his involvement in the infamous, “Turnpike Shooting” which ignited the nation’s firestorm regarding the issue of racial profiling, observe a first hand look at how New Jersey’s politicians, not the facts of the case, influenced the outcome of this tragedy. Turnpike Trooper is an emotional depiction of the selection process and training regiment of the New Jersey State Police and ultimately takes you on patrol on one of America’s most dangerous roadways, the enigma known as the New Jersey Turnpike. Witness how Trooper Hogan’s unblemished service career, reputation and life were singled out and shattered – solely for political gain by New Jersey’s elected officials.
Growing up in a small Burlington County, New Jersey, town with the sole aspiration of becoming a New Jersey state trooper, nothing previously experienced in his life could have prepared State Trooper John Hogan for the national spotlight. As a member of the 113th Recruit Class, fighting bureaucracy became an all too common practice during his seven-year career with the New Jersey State Police. Following the infamous NJ Turnpike shooting and the nation’s outcry over racial profiling allegations, Hogan was immediately labeled a racist and cast as, “the poster boy for racial profiling throughout the country.” Now witness the one-sided prosecution that ruined his career, tarnished his reputation and engulfed nearly five years of his life. Hogan uses Turnpike Trooper to reflect upon his vast experiences that is a must-read for anyone having a positive or negative experience related to politics, law enforcement or prejudice of any kind.