A Piscataway, New Jersey cop decided to punch a handcuffed man in the face while he was in the back of the police cruiser. Then, when the victim told another officer about the assault, the abusive cop lied to the other officer, saying the handcuffed man kicked him in the nuts.
The officer, Todd Ritter, 54, now faces criminal charges from his February 12 attack, and he has been suspended without pay, reported NJ.com. Besides assaulting a handcuffed suspect in the back of a police cruiser, Ritter is also accused of falsifying records to try to cover up his crimes.
The handcuffed man, who has not been identified, also claims that he was assaulted by another officer during his arrest, but no other officers were on camera when they allegedly assaulted the suspect.
“I didn’t resist. … I ain’t resist at all,” the man tells the other officer about his arrest. “This [expletive] just slammed me on my head and put his knee, kneed me in my face.”
“You think it’s funny?” the man asks. “… He got mad because I said something, and he gone and slammed me. … I said I can’t breathe, then he threatened and said he was going to [expletive] me up and everything.”
In the video, the man kicks the panel panel separating the front and back seats before Ritter stops to attack him.
“I’m gonna break it,” the man yells. “… Why you gotta lie?”
After a few kicks, Ritter stops the car, opens the door, grabs the cuffed man and hits him in the head, then falsely accuses the man so the other officer will support the abuse.
“Stop kicking. Stop stressing. Stop kicking me in the balls,” the officer says, even though the video shows no “ball” kicks.
“Put me in a different car,” the man yells to the officer that did not assault him. “Yo, this guy just punched me in my face.”
“This a–hole just kicked me in the nuts,” Ritter claims.
“He’s lying! I swear to God, he’s lying! He punched me in my face!” the man responds.
Ritter then wrestles the man out of his car and hands him off to another officer.
Ritter is charged with assault, tampering with public records, as well as falsifying and tampering with records.