NEWARK – Body camera footage released showing the chaos in which several men disturb city police officers during an arrest last week.
The roughly two-minute body camera, released late Friday night, shows several men grappling with at least two police officers as a police officer repeatedly tells them to stop.
At one point, a body camera is knocked out of the officer’s uniform and then kicked away while pointing up from the sidewalk.
When the footage resumes, backup officers have arrived and are still fighting to handcuff at least one of the people.
The video clip published by the Newark Police on Youtube and Facebook is entitled “Police video shows that police officers were attacked on Fabyan Place and Cypress Street on Tuesday”.
Two officers were treated for pain reports following the incident, and four men were arrested within two days and charged with grievous bodily harm against a police officer.
Brian O’Hara, Newark Public Safety Director, applauded the actions of the officers involved and also thanked Mayor Ras Baraka for his quick response, which included orders to demolish two abandoned homes and tow 17 vehicles that violated laws in the same city block .
Baraka also ordered a mobile police station to be set up there to increase the police presence.
Branden K. Rodwell, 31, of Newark, and Justin Rodwell, 30, of Irvington were both arrested at the scene on June 1.
Jaykil A. Rodwell, 28, and Jasper D. Spivey, 24, both from Newark, were arrested Wednesday.
Branden Rodwell and Justin Rodwell each face three grievous bodily harm charges against a police officer, in addition to obstruction of justice and resistance to arrest.
Jaykil Rodwell and Jasper Spivey have each faced three cases of grievous bodily harm against a police officer, and obstruction of justice and obstruction of arrest or prosecution.
“They have shown exceptional restraint, despite the fact that it is clear from the video that the officers were outnumbered and that they were attacked while trying to make an arrest,” O’Hara said in a written statement Friday.
“We cannot and will not be operational and allow police officers who have vowed to protect our streets to be physically assaulted for their work,” he also said.
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