New Jersey has agreed to pay a former state trooper $400,000 to settle a federal suit charging he was harassed by the “Lords of Discipline,” an alleged secret organization within the state police, New Jersey officials announced on Monday.

Justin Hopson, who left the force last year, alleged that members of the group verbally and physically retaliated against him for refusing to cooperate in other troopers’ accounts of a drunken-driving arrest of a woman in 2002.

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