Body cameras have been largely successful in increasing the transparency and accountability of police officers across the United States, and New Jersey is no different. Recently, footage emerged of a police incident that has left several people outraged. The footage shows a 16-year-old teen who had been arrested for stealing a car, and there are allegations of excessive force against the officers involved. With increased body camera usage across the nation, we will probably see more of these incidents popping up. The question is whether the increased exposure will actually lead to any meaningful change.
If you have been injured by a negligent police officer, you have the right to file a lawsuit against them. Policy brutality in New Jersey is obviously still an issue, and people should feel a sense of protection against excessive force in the Garden State. When you hold a police officer accountable for their use of excessive force, you make the community safer for everyone. Not only that, but you can also receive a substantial settlement that covers your medical expenses, missed wages, pain and suffering, and much more.
Cops Stomp on Teen’s Head
In late July of 2021, it was reported that new footage had emerged dating back to an incident that occurred in 2018. The footage shows officers arresting a 16-year-old boy who had been chased after stealing a car. After the officers arrested the boy, they left him lying handcuffed on his stomach in the snow. One officer proceeded to stomp on the boy’s head. Other officers kicked snow into the suspect’s face, and the teen was also subject to verbal humiliation.
The FBI is Now Investigating
Thanks to the footage, questions of excessive force have been raised. The FBI has been called in to investigate. This incident took place in Ewing, and the mayor of the township has stated that his government is cooperating with a criminal probe into the incident.
No Officers Have Been Charged
With all that said, it’s worth mentioning that no officers have actually been charged with any crimes – yet. It is generally understood that these FBI investigations can take weeks to complete. Still, it’s important to understand that negligent officers in New Jersey typically see consequences for their actions. Officers have been convicted for very similar offenses in the past.
Enlist the Help of a Qualified Attorney Today
If you have been the victim of excessive force or any other form of police misconduct, it’s important to get in touch with a qualified, experienced attorney as soon as possible. The sooner you start working with a legal professional, the better your chances will be. With their help, you can hold negligent officers accountable and receive a substantial settlement for your damages. This latest story in New Jersey shows that we still have a long way to go, and you can help make your community safer by taking legal action against bad actors. Book your consultation today.