NEWARK, NJ– Recently released video footage shows Newark police officers being attacked while trying to make an arrest.
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According to reports, the incident happened on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 1st while officers were trying to arrest a man who was accused of gun possession. While trying to make the arrest, a group of individuals descended on the officers and began attacking them.
On Friday, June 3rd, the Newark Police Department (NPD) released clips from body worn camera footage showing the incident.
The department said that it does not usually release camera footage during an investigation, but that they wanted to release the video clips due to “numerous rumors and erroneous reports” about the attack.
Newark Public Safety Director Brian A. O’Hara said in a statement:
“Typically, when a criminal investigation is underway, we don’t release the footage per policy. Regardless, when police wear body worn cameras, the public expects that we have nothing to hide. Therefore, I believe it is in the best interest of the public to release this video, especially in light of all the false information circulating about this incident.”
The release of the video also comes after Newark Mayor Ras Baraka originally said that no officers were attacked and that the police union was spreading lies,