New Jersey police officers in Newark have been accused of sexual harassment after they allegedly groped him at a salon.
According to a police report obtained by The New York Times, an unnamed male salon employee filed a complaint in October, citing that an officer who was visiting him “attempted to place his hand on the employee’s chest and placed his hand in his pants.”
The incident occurred on October 9, and was reportedly caught on a surveillance camera, but the NYPD did not release the video.
The report says that while the employee was on duty, he was approached by a female salon employee and she “grabbed him by the collar and tried to put her hand on his buttocks,” before a male officer intervened.
A witness who heard the incident told The Times that the male officer “tried to move away, but he was grabbed by the shirt collar.”
The report also says that an unnamed female salon assistant “grabbing the hair of the male employee” “attached herself to him by her neck, and grabbed him by his shirt collar and attempted to push him down on the floor, resulting in him falling over.”
According to The Times, a salon manager told the police that she saw the male salon manager grab the male hairstylist’s pants.
A spokesman for the New Jersey Police Department said that the department is investigating the incident and that an internal investigation has been launched.
A spokesperson for the Newark Police Department declined to comment to The New Yorker.
The Times also says there is a video of the incident.