The police officer involved in the beating of a Black teen in Carteret, N.J., has been charged. Reports indicate that officer Joseph Reiman is being charged with aggravated assault and official misconduct by the Middlesex County prosecutor.
The incident happened May 31 when officers were following the teen, who was driving a black sedan. The officer turned on his car lights and the teen said he mistakenly pushed on the gas instead of the brake, resulting in a car crash.
Witnesses said the teen came out of the vehicle with his hands up and Reiman grabbed the teen and punched him in his eye, making him fall. The officer then reportedly punched the teen more than a dozen times before he was handcuffed. A second officer then kicked him in the face.
On dashcam footage recorded during the incident, the officer can be heard saying, “Get on the [expletive] ground” and “You’re under arrest! Get on the [expletive] ground!”
The family of the teen posted graphic photos of the teen’s injuries on social media which included swollen and bloodied eyes, lips and nose. Witnesses say they heard the teen screaming for help. He suffered injuries to his face and a concussion and was released from the hospital a day later.
“I never been so heartbroken in my life looking at my son’s face…this is how Carteret Police are treating our kids…we as a community have to put a stop to this police brutality in Carteret,” the father of the victim said on social media.
Reiman, who is the brother of Carteret mayor Daniel Reiman, was wearing a body cam during the incident, but it was not turned on. He was placed on restricted duty. Reiman is set to appear at a pre-indictment conference July 27 in New Brunswick.