CARTERET, New Jersey - Dramatic dashcam video has been released in a violent confrontation between a police officer and a teenager in New Jersey.
The video shows a police officer on top of a 16-year-old boy on May 31st, punching the teen repeatedly after a traffic chase and accident.
Officer Joseph Reiman is charged with three counts of official misconduct, failing to activate his body camera and failing to use reasonable restraint.
Police say the teen was driving his parents' car without a license that night when he lost control of the car and crashed.
Officer Reiman's Attorney Charles J. Sciarra released a statement saying, "The release of these videos, which notably the Prosecutor was resisting, demonstrates that the story initially told by the criminal perpetrator was a fraud. No hands were up, period. These videos show only a use of force necessary to suppress the unlawful resistance pursuant to the training given at the academy. Further, the significant accident after the life threatening operation of that stolen car explains all of the injuries. Enough is enough of this criminal element endangering the public, resisting arrest, and then lying about police misconduct. My client will be exonerated."