A pair of New Jersey police officers were suspended after one of them was caught on camera pushing a manager at a Domino’s against a wall because their pizza didn’t get delivered on time.
Video obtained exclusively by News 4 shows the two Jersey City police officers storming one of the pizza chain’s locations on Communipaw Avenue and pushing the branch’s manager up against a wall in an incident the manager, Mena Kirolos, said was spurred because of a missed pizza delivery Tuesday evening.
Kirolos said the altercation followed an order where a driver got to the delivery location but didn’t get an answer. A while later, Kirolos said he got a call from the officers, upset the pizza hadn’t been delivered.
“He said he was coming to my store, so I waited 10, 15 minutes, no one showed up,” he said.
Then, the officers came in. Surveillance footage shows the pair in uniform as they barged in and broke up the hum of the pizza-delivery operation.
Kirolos starts to come out of a back room, the footage shows, and one of the officers grabs him and pushes him against a wall.
That’s when several other employees start crowding around the scene, with some pulling out their phones to film the response.
“(I was thinking) What can I do?,” Kirolos said. “He’s a police officer. I can’t do anything back.”
In a cellphone video recorded by an employee, Kirolos can be heard saying “remove your hands” and “don’t touch me.” One officer can be seen trying to diffuse the situation between the two.
Kirolos said at that point, the more irate of the two officers told him “I’ll lock you up,” and the cellphone footage then shows the manager holding his hands out as if they were cuffed as he says “please do it!”
The officer trying to break up the two men can then be heard saying “I am trying to have a conversation with you” to Kirolos, and then he suggests that the three of them go outside to “have a friendly conversation.” Kirolos initially refuses, but the three men eventually go outside and talk, their voices now inaudible.
After the exchange, the two officers were suspended and charged with harassment and disorderly conduct. Both are due in court on April 11.
News 4 has reached out to the Jersey City Police Department for additional comment on the case.
Kirolos, meanwhile, said he just wants an apology.
“I don’t like being cursed at, being touched,” he said. “I only demanded an apology. That’s it.”