Paterson Police Officers Kevin Patino and Kendry Tineo-Restituyo face civil rights and obstruction of justice prices over the alleged incident.
Investigators have accused them of depriving Osamah Alsaidi, then 19, of his constitutional proper to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures and additionally declare they then lied about it on a police incident report.
The December 2020 incident was captured on surveillance video and led to an investigation in February by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.
Both Mr Patino, 29, and Mr Tineo-Restituyo, 28, handed themselves in to authorities on Tuesday and had been launched on $50,000 bonds.
Both officers needed to give up journey paperwork and firearms and Mr Partino was ordered by a decide to endure psychological well being testing.
Neither officer entered a plea in the course of the courtroom listening to.
Mr Patino’s lawyer, Anthony Iacullo mentioned in an announcement that he’s “confident” the method “will vindicate Officer Patino and establishing that his actions, based on the totality of what transpired that night, were appropriate.”
Mr Alsaidi was on his technique to a 1am shift at Amazon when he was allegedly attacked by the officers, who courtroom paperwork state had been responding to a name about a “suspicious person.”
The surveillance video reportedly exhibits the officers briefly speaking to Mr Alsaidi earlier than he was allegedly attacked.
Lawyers for Mr Alsaidi mentioned he suffered a number of bodily accidents, together with head trauma, a concussion and a number of cuts and bruises, in addition to anxiousness, stress and melancholy.
The officers are additionally accused of making false statements of their report.
“For instance, the police report falsely stated that the victim had walked towards the officers ‘screaming profanities’ and ‘acting belligerent’ and that the victim had struck Patino with a closed fist in the chest. None of this was true,” a press launch from the New Jersey US Attorney’s Office states.
If convicted the officers every face a most of 10 years in jail for the civil rights violation cost, a most of 20 years in jail for the falsification of a report cost, and a most superb of $250,000 for every cost, in accordance with the US Attorney’s workplace.