The mayor of Newark, NJ gave a statement regarding a video that showed a Newark police officer punch a man in the face before arresting him.
The encounter occurred on Tuesday, May 12 and was captured on a cellphone camera. Mayor Ras Baraka said the officer who threw the punch has been reassigned while the incident is being investigated.
“The video of the incident in which Newark officers used force to subdue a resident is very troubling and extremely counter to the kind of police force we demand to have in Newark.
“The officer has been relieved of his gun, reassigned, and the incident is under investigation by Newark Police Internal Affairs Bureau, all which are standard procedure in egregious incidents.
“As Mayor, I will see that this situation is fully investigated.
Our police force has been working hard to improve community relations and build trust to the point that our citizen complaints have decreased significantly—and we want to stay on that path.”