while on vacation and helping his girlfriend’s family escape from war-torn Ukraine, Sgt. Jose Dume got a request from his supervisor to help get cops on VIP duty at the Electric Zoo EDM festival last fall. And it launched a weekend of alleged debauchery for the policemen, who were allowed to come on duty without supervision. After reporting their behaviour, Dom claims his superiors showed signs of vindictiveness, going so far as to plot to break into Dom’s house while he was still on vacation.
Dom sued, which was previously obtained Rolling Stone, against his superiors on Sunday following ministerial charges alleging that the sergeant did not obtain proper leave approval from Manhattan Narcotics North last summer. Daum’s lawsuit alleges that he had evidence that his superiors approved his leave and that they were alleging it was AWOL in response to his complaint about their behavior at the festival.
According to the lawsuit, Dom received a letter from his supervisor, Sgt. Bateman is on the first day of the festival with Dom asking to hook up with a party promoter friend so Bateman and the other officers can get to the VIPs and talk to the women. In an interview with New York Daily NewsDom says he didn’t reply. Over the weekend, Bateman and other officers allegedly shared stories in a hangout about getting drunk on duty and still armed at the festival. One of the officers claimed he had sex with a drunk woman in the bathroom on the floor. All messages related to Electric Zoo were allegedly deleted at the end of the weekend, according to screenshots later taken by Dume.
The NYPD’s presence at the Electric Zoo in 2022 has proven controversial beyond Dom’s claims. Three Manhattan detectives at North Narcotics have been indicted on grand larceny charges after they allegedly broke into a VIP and stole $3,000 worth of Jay-Z champagne brand Ace of Spades.
Doom filed an anonymous complaint about his colleagues’ actions but his management quickly concluded that the complaint came from him. Soon after, another supervisor named Deputy Inspector John Wilson questions Dom about his leave.
“I thought you were dead. What are Dominicans doing in Ukraine?” Wilson told Dom, according to the lawsuit. Dom is of Dominican heritage.
In further retaliation, Doom’s supervisors attempt to change the assessment of the Sgt. It’s already rated in 2022, given a 4.5 out of 5. Wilson wanted to get it down to a 2.5. Because Dom is working undercover, his assessments are done on paper, rather than electronically. While still in Europe, Dom had a trusted friend move the assessment from his apartment to a safe place. He later learns from his colleagues that his supervisors have ordered the cops to go to Dom’s house and retrieve the original appraisal. The cops could not find out his address and his home was never broken into.
According to the lawsuit, Dumas could still have been promoted from detective to sergeant in December, which caused further outrage from his supervisors. He is no longer in the drug business, having since been assigned to the Manhattan Housing Office unit.
Dom also took a financial hit from the ordeal, being denied overtime and having to move his girlfriend and their four-year-old son to North Carolina for fear of an alleged break-in.
“Going through this was nerve-wracking — scary,” Dom said. Daily news. “I don’t know how far they’ll go with this.”