Rutgers student claims police brutality after arrest

February 8, 2011 3:24:12 PM PST
A police officer in New Jersey is under investigation after he was videotaped hitting a Rutgers University student while trying to put him in handcuffs.

The student, with four cops from New Brunswick trying to subdue him, is hit four times by one of the officers.

Was it justified or excessive force?

When Elliott Marx was under a circle of cops, you can hear someone yelling "Stop resisting, stop resisting."

You can also see in the video as one New Brunswick officer delivers blow after blow to the student.

"I can't imagine a situation where a college student, going to a college party is laying down prone in the snow, and should be subjected to 4 or 5 what can only be described as cheap shots to the face," said John Sofos, Marx's attorney.

A statement from New Brunswick police reads in part about Marx.."He was continuing to fight other people. He then fought the police. And they arrested him."

Marx is charged with resisting arrest, aggravated assault, obstruction, and having a fake ID.


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