“A police officer who accused a fellow officer of inappropriate behavior – including lying to a judge and targeting minorities – is fighting for his job after what his attorney says has been a series of retaliatory action by the department over the past four years.
Officer Kyle Pirog, a 16-year veteran, was initially demoted after going to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office with his concerns when his superiors failed to act. He has been suspended indefinitely without pay, pending his termination following an Internal Affairs investigation that his attorney says was initiated as further retaliation.
Pirog has filed a civil suit in Morris County alleging the township police department violated the Conscientious Employee Protection Act in its retaliatory actions against him. He’s seeking unspecified damages.
“Police and police departments are entrusted to protect the well-being and safety of the public and most of them do it admirably,” said Claudia A. Reis, Pirog’s Morristown-based attorney.
“But every once in a while you have someone who steps out of that role and targets people. When that happens, you need people to step forward and out of the blue code of silence to report those instances. To then target those very people for retaliation undermines what police and police departments are entrusted to do.”
The suit was filed in Morris County because the judge his former co-worker allegedly lied to serves in Somerset County Superior Court.”