On June 20, 2016, a 20-year veteran with the Rumson Police Department, who has been a sergeant for eleven years, filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the Borough of Rumson (Monmouth County).  Unfortunately, the lawsuit is short on details about the allegedly criminal or unethical acts that the sergeant said that he observed at the police department on May 31, 2015

In his lawsuit, Sergeant Peter Koenig, represented by Richard P. Flaum of Warren, said that he witnessed some events at the police department on May 31, 2015 “that he reasonably and objectively believed were in violation of law, may have been criminal acts or unethical, were a violation of the public policy of the State of New Jersey, and placed the health and safety of members of the public in danger.”  (Update: Koenig filed an amended complaint on December 1, 2017 that offers no further detail.) After he reported what he witnessed to “to a governmental agency” that was not the Borough of Rumson, he began to suffer discriminatory and retaliatory treatment including being required to take a sham fit-for-duty examination, being stripped of administrative duties and functions and being wrongly investigated and disciplined by the Internal Affairs unit.

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