Officers Thomas Murphy and Andrew Huber have been accused of creating a hostile work environment in which five officers and one employee from Mountainside, New Jersey and claiming years of abuse from two officers while the department did nothing to intercede or stop it. The claim there has been a “hostile work environment” that to some sound a lot like bullying.
One of the accusation state that the officers would hit their colleagues in the head with a dildo they nicknamed “Big Blue.” One of the plaintiff’s name Stinner who was assigned to the Detective Bureau was subjected to “Big Blue” almost every day. “Huber would wave around Big Blue, throw it within the Detective Bureau, and throw it at people walking past the Detective Bureau,” Stinner stated.
The complaint alleges that Huber put “Big Blue” in the face of a male dispatcher then hit him over the head. Murphy would laugh then comment, ‘Get him,’ ‘What’s it smell like,’ and ‘I hope it doesn’t smell like what I think it smells like.’”
It appears the two didn’t stop there, according to the complaint “Murphy had a practice of taking his flashlight and ramming it into the anus area of other male officers.” Furthermore, “On one occasion, Murphy hit Plaintiff Urban with the flashlight so hard that it hurt for Urban to sit down,”
Within the department “braining” would become known as another form of harassment. “This is a reference to Huber taking his testicles out of his pants and placing his testicles on someone’s food, drink or person,” the complaint reads. “Either Huber or Murphy would take a picture of [the other] ‘braining’ an item without the target officer’s knowledge.”
Huber had a habit of hiding in the bathroom hoping to surprise another male officer who would try to use the same toilet. And Murphy would swing a bag of donuts near male genitals, taunting the male dispatcher and simulate masturbating as stated in the complaint.
Since then both Murphy and Huber have been placed on an administrative leave of absence, and only after higher-ups learned of the lawsuit.
The borough has placed on its website the following statement:
“In light of these new allegations and in the interests of avoiding the occasion for friction and discord in the Police Department the Governing Body has determined to place Officers Murphy and Huber on an Administrative Leave of Absence. Such action is not in any way designed to lend any credence to any of the allegations made in the Complaint. The Borough will continue the process of conducting a thorough investigation of all the allegations in the Complaint.”
We’ll have wait and see what happens next!