Sexual harassment. Homophobic games. Racial slurs. Testicles on a soda can. A chief who points his gun at his officers. A computer riddled with porn viruses. And, to top it all off, a big blue dildo.
These are among the many, many antics alleged by Mountainside police officers and borough employees against other officers in a recently filed lawsuit — a 46-page tale that suggests the craziest things happening in the teeny, sleepy, fewer-than-7,000-residents borough of Mountainside have been occurring inside the police department.
In official statements, Mountainside's mayor and police commissioner said some of the allegations were made in February and the borough hired experts to investigate them. Those claims were also referred to the Union County prosecutor and some unspecified action was taken in response, the statements said.
The two officers at the center of the suit and the police chief have been put on paid leave as the investigation continues. None of the officers involved returned our requests for comment.
Here are the claims from the lawsuit. Stories that, if true, put every slapstick cop movie ever made to shame.
From left: Lt. Thomas Murphy, Chief Allan Attanasio, Detective Sgt. Andrew Huber. (Mountainside police Facebook page)
Sgt. Huber, the Mountainside PBA's 2014 "Cop of the Year" removes Big Blue from a filing cabinet.