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New Jersey transit officer under investigation for allegedly dragging, hitting unresponsive man


A woman used her cellphone to capture part of the incident on video

Image source: WPVI-TV video screenshot

A New Jersey transit officer is under investigation after a cellphone video allegedly showed the officer dragging and hitting an unresponsive man.

The New Jersey Transit Police Department told WPVI-TV in a statement that it has launched an internal investigation into the incident that occurred Saturday night outside the Trenton Transit Center.

"The matter is currently under investigation with New Jersey Transit Police Department's Internal Affairs. The officer has been placed on administrative suspension pending the results of that investigation," the statement said.

A Pennsylvania woman, who was standing nearby, captured part of the encounter between the officer and the unresponsive man.

What are the details?

The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, told WPVI that she was waiting for her ride about 10:30 p.m. local time when she heard the commotion outside the Trenton Transit Center. When she saw what was happening, she said she took out her phone and began recording.

"I was torn on what to do but I felt like this was the best thing, so that going forward this might not happen to someone else," she said in an interview with the news station.

"Get up and get out," someone can be heard yelling at the beginning of the video.

A man in a police uniform can be seen dragging an unresponsive man across the sidewalk.

"There was no resisting, or no, he wasn't even speaking," the woman said.

The man remained on the ground motionless after being thrown down. About 30 seconds later, the person in the uniform started dragging, hitting, and yelling at the man, again.

The woman said her phone battery died while she was recording the incident.

"After my phone died it continued to happen, um, you know, the berating," she said. "I guess, well, probably another five minutes of just dragging him on the cement and throwing his face on the ground."

The woman said she wasn't aware of what may have happened prior to the ruckus, but she had noticed the unresponsive man sitting against a wall when she walked outside the Transit Center.

"I don't know if anything occurred or I'm not speculating that anything did. I can only attest to what I saw. And what I saw wasn't warranted," the woman added.

What else?

The woman said she's an avid supporter of the police but added that the officer's behavior in the video appeared to be out of line.

"I can imagine that they have to deal with these people on a daily basis," she said. "I know it has to be frustrating for them but, you know with all that being said, that person's human. That's someone's brother, someone's dad, someone's uncle."

It's not immediately clear whether or not the man suffered any injuries during the incident.


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