Police Abuse

Watch N.J. Cop Throw Motionless Man to the Ground Before Dragging and Hitting Him: 'Get the Fuck Up'

The man wasn't moving, and didn't appear to pose any threat.

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A New Jersey Transit Police officer was caught on video Saturday night throwing a motionless man to the ground, dragging him, hitting him, and telling him to "get the fuck up."

The exact circumstances that led to the events caught on camera were not clear. But it doesn't appear that the man posed any threat to the unidentified officer. "The unresponsive man was accosted and had his face brutally slammed into the pavement for no other apparent reason that the power trip of the Transit police officer," read the caption of the video, which was originally posted to Facebook, according to NJ.com:

The roughly one-minute video starts with the officer pulling the man up from the ground outside of the Trenton Transit Center, then throwing him back down to the pavement. "Get up, get out," the cop says. "Get up and get out now."

The man stays on the ground, barely moving, for roughly 45 seconds while the officer stands over him. Then, the cop drags him by the sweatshirt across the pavement before dropping him to the ground again and hitting him. "Get the fuck up," the officer says.

New Jersey Transit Police wouldn't identify the officer or the man he dragged, but did say they were looking into the incident. "The matter is currently under investigation with the New Jersey Transit Police Department Internal Affairs," spokesperson Jim Smith told ABC News. The officer involved has been suspended, Smith said.

According to the woman who took the video (who wanted to stay anonymous): "There was no resisting" and the man "wasn't even speaking." The woman told WPVI she stopped filming due to a dead phone battery, though the officer didn't stop dragging. "After my phone died it continued to happen. The berating. Probably another five minutes. Dragging him on the cement and dragging his face on the ground."

It's important to note that this video only captured about a minute of what was clearly a longer encounter. We don't know what happened before the camera started rolling, as the anonymous woman admitted, and we don't know why the man was on the ground in the first place.

However, it seems all too clear that it wasn't necessary for the officer to use such excessive force. The man on the ground wasn't moving, let alone resisting. It's difficult to understand why dragging him across the pavement and hitting him was an appropriate response to a man who was mostly immobile.

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  1. Why was this guy laying on the ground?

    I guess that is not important to this police brutality story.

    Yup, Lets just lump this in with police shooting unarmed people in the back….check.

    1. Laying on the ground is CONSTITUTIONAL and this man was within HIS RIGHTS as an AMERICAN CITIZEN.

      1. Unfortunately, Reason will not investigate (why) this guy was laying on the ground.

        People like Crusty lays on the ground in front of doors, so this guy must have been doing the same thing.

        1. Unfortunately, Reason will not investigate (why) this guy was laying on the ground.

          He was trying to keep two white guys from assaulting Jussie and two Russians from scuttling the 2020 election.

          1. He’s gonna have to fight that cop for title of “Hero” then.

    2. “I guess that is not important to this police brutality story.”

      You are correct, it’s not important to the police brutality issue. There is no possible reason for it that would come close to justifying the level of force used.

      1. justifying the level of force used

        Level of force? Did the guy even bruise? Get a bloody nose?

        At least half of us have executed clean plays in non-contact sports that were more violent.

    3. Why does it matter why he was laying on the ground? Perhaps he was drunk, or on drugs.Does that make it acceptable to beat him and throw in around? You have a sick sense of morality if you find this officer to be behaving properly. You don’t have to abuse a person to arrest them for public intoxication, if indeed that was the problem

    4. Yes, let’s get into a “he said, she said” argument about something that no-one can prove. That’ll solve this problem!

      What’s wrong with you?

  2. Maybe the suspect was a policeman accused of arresting women and forcing them to have sex?

    1. Oh, I see where you’re going with that. So you think the guy in uniform was just trying to wake the “suspect” up out of his drunken stupor to give him some kind of super-secret “top cop” award for his scoring abilities? And to tell him to clock out because his shift’s over?

    2. Maybe the suspect was a policeman accused of arresting women and forcing them to have sex?

      Maybe he was wearing a MAGA hat and sitting in front of the door that lets immigrants into the country legally.

  3. It’s difficult to understand why dragging him across the pavement and hitting him was an appropriate response to a man who was mostly immobile.

    someone didn’t go to cop school.

    1. Or perhaps he went to cop school and learned the lessons well.

  4. Its possible the guy was a serial drunk or stoner and the officer was tired of his ass and having to roust him every day.

    Doesn’t change that what the officer was doing was wrong, though.

  5. Respect his Authoritah! and cheer when cops are shot in their fucking faces

    1. Respect his Authoritah! and cheer when cops are shot in their fucking faces

      So, in turn, is ‘shooting in the face’ the standard punishment we would dole out to civilians for similar behavior?

      Is mutual deescalation the goal or one-sided escalation?

  6. “The matter is currently under investigation with the New Jersey Transit Police Department Internal Affairs,”

    Because we have no idea what officers are assigned to that location at that time?
    Or because we are coordinating the cover up?

    Of course, this type of enforcement will become more important as we all have to use trains in five years – – – – –

  7. However, it seems all too clear that it wasn’t necessary for the officer to use such excessive force.

    The only part that seemed excessive was the closed-fisted ‘love tap’ towards the end. Everything else was dragging and gravity. Nothing anyone who’s had an unruly toddler hasn’t had happen or had to do.

    Compared to the beatings, smotherings, accidental shootings, intentional shootings, multiple homicide raids… this is not the abuse of authority you’re looking for.

    1. Wow…what a wonderful parent you must be. I sincerely hope you haven’t reproduced, if you think this is acceptable.

  8. The officer is then seen dragging the man a few feet further by his sweatshirt before apparently throwing him face-first onto the pavement and allegedly hitting him in the head, according to the video.

    Allegedly, according to the video.

    Anyway, that will teach that guy to slip into a diabetic coma in New Jerksey.

  9. Yeah, Imma have to say this is a bit shy of police brutality, if our usual fair is the baseline.

  10. This is policy brutality to the same degree that catcalling is sexual harassment.

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