Cop Puts Gun To Guard’s Head Threatens “To Blow His ******* Head Off”


A borough police officer accused of holding a gun to a security guard’s head and threatening “to blow his (expletive) head off” failed to properly record the incident and report it to his superiors, new records show, sparking charges of a cover up.

In a letter dated April 7 obtained by NJ Advance Media, Chatham Police Capt. Brian Gibbons said internal investigators had also determined that the officer, Roy George, had used “discourteous conduct,” but that he was not intoxicated and did not use excessive force.

The letter comes after a prior disclosure that George, the borough’s traffic safety officer, had been demoted and suspended for an undisclosed number of days after he left his fully loaded, .45-caliber handgun and police credentials on a Westfield lawn in October 2009 after a night of drinking.

The findings only fueled a brewing legal showdown between the department and the security guard, Joseph Kearney Jr., who notified the borough last year that he intended to file an excessive force lawsuit over the 2015 incident in front of the Bank of America on Main Street.

Though no lawsuit has been filed yet, an attorney for Kearney, Matthew Adams, said George’s “efforts to evade detection of the incident, coupled with his serious disciplinary history, raise significant questions about his fitness for duty.”

“Officer George’s now confirmed failures to adhere to basic police protocols and practices regarding his interactions with Mr. Kearney raise obvious questions about what he was trying to hide and why,” Adams said.

The security guard alleges the officer said he’d “blow his (expletive) head off.”

Police Chief Phillip Crosson declined comment, and Borough Administrator Robert Falzarano did not respond to a request for comment. The letter did not say what punishment George — who joined the force in 2002 and earns $126,953 annually, borough records show — might face.

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