New Jersey Officers Not Charged after Attacking Deaf Bystander who tried Helping
A week after a video was posted online of New Jersey officers arresting a deaf man who was trying to help them, prosecutors announced they would not charge the officers.
Raasean Adams, 42, has a hearing impairment, and tried to help officers in a traffic stop.
Adams was asked by officers to leave the area but he refused to leave. Officers also state that Adams was under the influence of alcohol.
The video starts out with officers already on top of Adams attempting to put him in handcuffs.
A minute and 18 seconds into it both the officers attempt to force Adams head into the sidewalk.
In the next 9 seconds, an officer is seen punching Adams in the head twice.
At a minute and 40 seconds into the video, the same officer that was punching Adams is seen running into the street to chase a bystander.
Two minutes into the video, Adams allows an officer to handcuff him.
After reviewing the video and police reports, the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office decided to clear all the officers of any wrong doing by not charging them.
Officers claim that he allegedly threw a lit cigarette at one of the officers which promoted their response.
Adams is currently facing charges of aggravated assault and resisting arrest.