A 31-year-old Carteret police officer has been apprehended and charged after physically assaulting and injuring a Black teenager, reports NBC News.
According to prosecutors Joseph Reiman, who is the brother of Carteret Mayor Daniel Reiman, was following the 16-year-old in his police cruiser when the teen’s vehicle crashed on Edwin and Bergen Street last week, reports the outlet. After the car accident, Reiman allegedly kicked and hit the teen numerous times.
NBC News reports the officer did not take the teen to the hospital or call for an ambulance following the encounter. Although Reiman’s body camera was not on during the incident, the dashboard camera on his patrol car captured footage of what took place.
The officer has been slapped with charges that include third-degree aggravated assault and second-degree official misconduct and an ongoing probe has been launched surrounding the incident, read the report.
ABC News reports that the teen’s family, who have posted images of his injuries on social media, plans on taking legal action. “The conduct engaged in by this Officer Reiman far exceeded the force that was necessary to do anything, it’s our opinion that there was no force necessary,” the family’s lawyer told the outlet in a statement.
The officer has been suspended without pay and the teen has been released from the hospital.