Kamil Warraich (below), the department’s first Pakistani and second Muslim officer in the Asbury Park Police Department, alleges he was repeatedly called “Taliban” and “terrorist” by colleagues, as well as “racial” slurs (what ‘race’ is Muslim?) by superior officers.
NJ.com Warraich claims supervisors passed him over for promotions while advancing non-Muslim colleagues, according to the suit, and his attempts to raise concerns drew him into a bureaucratic nightmare that ultimately led to his demotion and firing.
David Castellani, one of Warraich’s lawyers, said in a statement. “Unfortunately … Mr. Warraich faced a hostile work environment created by people within the APPD who did not want to see a
dark-skinned Muslim police officer.”
Warraich was fired last summer, which he believes was part of a retaliation campaign against him because he had flagged problems within the department. Police officials said he racked up multiple disciplinary charges and failed a fitness for duty test, which he disputes, according to the complaint.