Protests Erupt After NJ Police Officer Found Not Guilty of Beating Black Teen

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More than 50 demonstrators took to the streets of Carteret, New Jersey on May 26 to protest a recent court decision that found a white police officer not guilty of brutally beating a teenage boy during a 2017 arrest.

Officer Joseph Reiman was acquitted of assault, misconduct charges, and falsifying reports stemming from the beating of then 16-year-old Monte Stewart during the teen’s arrest, according to NJ.com. The arrest happened after Monte crashed his father’s car, which he took without permission, following a brief police chase.

A short clip from Reiman’s patrol vehicle shows Monte stepping out of his car and moving to the ground while the officer yells at him. Reiman then jumped on the boy and began to pummel him while yelling, “You’re under arrest! You’re under arrest!”

Prosecutors claimed Reiman assaulted Monte after the teen surrendered, failed to turn on his body camera,…

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