WATCH: Body Camera Shows New Jersey Cop Punching Man Before Killing Him

Jacob Crawford

"Help! I Can’t breathe! I’m gonna die!” screamed Stephen A. Dolceamore before he died in newly released police videos.

Body camera from three different officers captures officers pummeling 29 -year-old Stephen A. Dolceamore, punching him multiple times and pressing their knees into his body and pushing his face into the ground. They eventually handcuff him and he stops screaming. He then appears to go unconscious.

At 11:45 a.m. on April 3, Trenton police were responding to a report of a man acting erratically and running in the streets. Within four-and-a-half minutes of police making contact with Dolceamore, he was unconscious, facedown in the dirt with a weak pulse.

“He’s turning purple,” says one officer as they check his pulse and call for an ambulance to attempt to revive him. He was pronounced dead at 12:40 p.m., just an hour after the confrontation at St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton.

The “tragic incident illustrates why the Trenton Police Department must continue to expand its efforts to be more accountable,” Trenton Police Department Director Sheilah Coley said in a recent statement. “In addition, we’re starting to train officers in techniques for restraining suspects that don’t require the use of physical force.”

Dolceamore’s death falls into a national and ongoing trend of officers responding to people in distress with force causing them to die.

“We must increase the rate at which we review complaints from area residents and, when necessary, take departmental disciplinary action. This matter was immediately referred to the N.J. Attorney General’s Office when it happened earlier this year.”

While the incident took place almost six months ago, little has been made public about Dolceamore’s death or the officers involved. Police claim the investigation is ongoing and the state attorney general’s office has been unable to proceed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Twenty-four hours after Doceamore's death, video taken by a bystander surfaced capturing the police confrontation.

However, the coronavirus was just beginning to spread and Dolceamore’s death fell behind the daily news feed of curfews and mandated stay-at-home orders.

“This is a really sad video,” said Rich Rivera, former law enforcement officer in an interview with The Trentonian back in early April.

“I see the guy, running into the corner like a trapped rat, with no shirt on. It’s evident this man is having a mental breakdown, a crisis, by his body language. That sends up a red flag. They should have been doing some intervention and not escalating the situation. It should have never got to that point.”

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BECKWERKS
BECKWERKS

You can call 911 for help for yourself and end up murdered like our old neighbor did when he called 911 for help after his ex girlfriend poisoned him. The help he got was several Sherrif Deputies tasering him to death on his front porch in front of all his kids. He was a single father taking care of his kids on his own, making a living with his own tow truck. Now all his kids after watching their dad and only parent get murdered, have been separated and scattered around in foster care. Lost their dad and their entire family because somehow 911 calls for poisoning is something that warrants several cops tazering the person needing help to death. All of us tax payers are now on the hook for paying for all of his kids who are in foster care being subjected to God only knows what possible abuse and sick perverted violations they might be now stuck with now on top of losing their daddy and brothers thanks to some true pillars of the community that we should honor and respect... WE ALL ARE STUCK PAYING FOR NOT JUST THESE KIDS BUT ALL THE KIDS THAT WIND UP GETTING THEIR PARENTS TAKEN AWAY LIKE IT AIN'T NOTHING BY MURDERERS THAT WE ARE ALL PAYING FOR AS WELL.. 5 little kids they put in foster care when they killed him.. Multiply that by how much California pays monthly for each foster kid plus we got all the medical and counseling they for sure need after the fucking nightmare they got Fucked off with by "THE GOOD GUYS". We are all on the hook to pay for all that till they are cut off as adults. Then, if this nightmare Fucked them up like it most likely has, we can look forward to whatever damages are going to come from some or all of these kids maybe once they are grown and thinking God knows what by then... We ourselves were threatened to be arrested if we called 911 again after we called it twice due to people attacking us.. Bashing our door open at 8am and attacked us in bed naked and then jumped me from behind the night before and continued on threatening and trying to get into our room that we had locked hard with a 24 at an angle by then from the door knob to the floor and kept ourselves armed with multiple weapons from then on.. I told that cop to go ahead and arrest us and that they will get to feed us till we go to court on Monday and the judge let's us go and you get exposed for this bullshit your pulling. I wasnt scared and I told him I wasn't. Id been in jail more times than I'd like to admit so fuck it.. Always find my friends that I ain't seen in a while in jail too so try again dude... I told that useless wonder that I will call 911 ANY TIME I FEEL THAT MY LIFE N SAFETY OR THE LIFE AND SAFETY OF OTHERS IS AT RISK! It fucking angers me still right now writing it here.

Tatoo49
Tatoo49

Just another statistic. Remember folks, anytime you need a dead neighbor, call the police and say that someone is acting erratically and they will end the problem. Permanently. Whoops! Must be a drug overdose. FU.

supervisionrequired
supervisionrequired

they should have known that pushing his face into the soft ground is the almost the same as pushing his face into water! as for the victim turning purple, that is NOT from drug overdose! that is from criminal cops choking him to death!


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