Sweeping efforts are being made across the country to correct potential civil rights abuses by police officers, and New Jersey is following suit. Recently, the NJ Advance Media published an extensive independent investigation into one officer’s continuous use of unwarranted force during his 23 months as a police officer. While the viral story claims experts described the officer’s use of force as excessive, the officer’s attorney argues that the story lacks context, is disingenuous at best and overall “shameful”.
The officer in question is currently under investigation and faces charges of official misconduct and assault during the arrest of a 16-year-old juvenile. The teenager had stolen his parent’s car and led the officer on a police chase. Dashcam videos have surfaced which show the officer on top of the teen, punching them for over a minute. The defense argues that the juvenile sustained injuries consistent with assault and not stemming from the motor vehicle crash. Additionally, the independent investigation by NJ Advance Media points to over 24 incidents of excessive use of force by this same officer. After the article was published, the prosecutor’s office has decided to review the officer’s past history of use-of-force as well as examine the entire Carteret department’s training policies.
As experienced juvenile criminal defense lawyers, the staff at our firm understands the physical, emotional and financial strain that such criminal charges can have on your family. Our team wants to be your guiding light during your dark hours and fight tirelessly to ensure your juvenile’s rights are being protected. If you feel like a police officer, a correctional officer or the police station violated your teenager’s civil rights, then don’t take justice in your own hands. Let us help you build the strongest legal defense possible. We can work together to minimize the adverse effects that such charges have on your family. Contact the law offices of Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa and Casazza today at 732-264-4400 or using our online contact form to get started today.
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