CARTERET, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — New dashcam video obtained by CBS2 exhibits a New Jersey police officer repeatedly punching a teenage boy, even when he was down on the bottom.
The video from Might 31 exhibits Officer Joseph Reiman pursuing the teenager driver down Edwin Road.
Reiman catches up with him after he crashed right into a utility pole at Berkley Road.
sixteen-yr-previous Monte Stewart can then be seen stepping out of the automotive. As Reiman approaches, he tries holding him to the bottom and the 2 wrestle.
You’ll be able to then see Reiman punch Steward at the very least 5 occasions. Nonetheless struggling to carry the teenager down, the officer turns and talks into his walkie talkie after which seems to punch Stewart once more.
The wrestle continues till backup ultimately arrives.
Days later, Stewart’s father shared photographs displaying his son in a neckbrace with a swollen eye.
Officer Reiman, whose brother is the borough’s mayor, is charged with aggravated assault and official misconduct and was suspended with out pay.
He’s pleaded not responsible, and his lawyer argues the sprint cam video helps their case.
“This child was noncompliant, received out of a rushing automotive he crashed, you don’t know if there’s anybody else within the automotive. You don’t know if he has a weapon he’s hiding, you don’t know what transpired,” protection lawyer Charles Sciarra tells CBS2’s Ali Bauman.
Sciarra blames Stewart’s bruises on the crash.
“He’s joyriding, crashes the automotive, smashes his face into the window,” he stated.
As we speak, Stewart has recovered however was suggested by his lawyer to not converse on digital camera.
CBS2 reached out to Stewart’s lawyer, whose solely remark was to say the video speaks for itself.
Officer Reiman is due again in courtroom subsequent week.