Officers Suspended After Tackling Teen Who Led Them On Pursuit

The New Jersey Institute of Technology has placed two university police officers on administrative leave.

Newark, NJ – Two New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) police officers have been placed on administrative leave following the arrest of a 15-year-old boy who tried to flee from them on a bicycle (video below).

The off-campus incident occurred near the intersection of Bleecher Street and University Avenue on the afternoon of Aug. 26, WABC reported.

The officers were pursuing a 15-year-old boy as he tried to flee on his bike, but the circumstances preceding the chase are unclear.

A witness claimed that the NJIT officers attempted to “tap” the teen’s bike with their patrol vehicle, but that he managed to accelerate faster than the car and rode up onto a sidewalk, WABC reported.

The officers ultimately tackled the teen on a grassy hillside and pinned him to the ground, cell phone footage showed.

“We were attempting to make a bike stop,” one of the officers said over the radio as he held the suspect down. “Party took off on us. We have him in custody.”

The teen squirmed and said something unintelligible, and one officer ordered him to shut his mouth, the video showed.

The cell phone footage was later shared on social media.

“Justice needs to come for this young 15 yr old boy who was clearly frightened and harassed by NJIT police,” one Twitter user wrote. “This is ridiculous and IT NEEDS TO STOP.”

Rutgers University-Newark student Jeremiah Richardson, who was moving into the dorms across the street, complained that the officers’ actions made everyone on campus “feel unsafe,” WABC reported.

“We shouldn’t have to feel like that,” he added.

The NJIT later released a statement calling the arrest “troubling.”

“NJIT has launched an investigation that will include the involvement of an independent law enforcement agency,” the statement continued. “While that investigation proceeds expeditiously, we are conducting a review of pursuit procedures and training and have placed both involved officers on administrative leave.”

The NJIT stressed that it’s partnership with the city and the community is “critically important.”

“We will investigate this matter thoroughly and take all appropriate actions as soon as the investigation is complete,” the statement concluded.

You can watch cell phone footage showing a portion of the teen’s arrest in the video below:

Comments (53)
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flybynight
flybynight

Soul patrol trolls?

floridacop
floridacop

unless something happened off camera or there is a policy saying they can not go off campus or pursue certain crimes I question why are they being investigated.

I can not find a reason in this video what made the young man afraid of the cops or how he was harrassed.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

What's the issue? that the officers (who are sworn officers like any other LEO, and have statewide jurisdiction, including off campus, like any other officer in NJ) tackled a fleeing suspect? that the fleeing suspect was only 15? that the 15 year old committed a crime, and when the officers stopped him? because the two grown officers told the kid to shut his mouth as they put him in handcuffs? or because it was two white officers cuffing a black individual in Newark?

This could have been easily handled had NJIT explaining what the reasoning was behind the officers tapping the kid's bike with their car. Assuming that was proper protocol (And that should be the sole thing that is investigated by NJIT PD, because everything else look appropriate), the officers were correct to chase and detain a potential criminal who was refusing to stop.

With the increased use of videos in social media, every time a person resists arrest and PD needs to use force the community is up in arms over it. Every single time. However, the community's anger or concern about the future because the individual resisted arrest doesn't mean the officers were wrong to use force to detail said individual, regardless of their age, race or ethnicity.

Shepard
Shepard

Police Haters in 3....2....1....

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

OK #1, DON'T RUN FROM THE POLICE,,and #2 STOP encouraging this type of behavior..it's what started this Crap in the First Place!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

les0060
les0060

jurisdiction that is the problem, I bet because they went off campus. Just think what would you do without the police. I don't feel safe you stupid ass.

LEO0301
LEO0301

What was "troubling" about this arrest? It seems that this agency must have a policy prohibiting chasing someone for breaking the law. What's the point of even having a police department...just let people do whatever they want.

JBo
JBo

Snowflakes. <Sigh>

WatchYourSix
WatchYourSix

I don't see anything "troubling" here. The fact that the boy was allegedly scared is irrelevant. He doesn't get to flee when he's ordered to stop. People need to get it through their thick skulls that the time to argue or fight is in the courts, not in the streets. There would be a lot less use of force complaints. Educate your damn kids. Pretty soon we're going to have "independent investigators" looking at every arrest under a microscope because everyone's a snowflake.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I'm shocked! A Young BlACK Male not following orders, from law enforcement! No wonder the LEO was suspended! Who ever heard of a Young Black Male not obeying the police!!!???

Les_gpt
Les_gpt

is it permissible for officers to try and hit a cyclist in the rear with a vehicle. Do y'all approve of this? Is it safe? what is the logic behind running down a 60 pound bike with a several ton car?

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Don’t run and you won’t get chased and tackled. Police will always have to answer for their actions thanks to whiners and people who have nothing to do with the situation just because they want to start drama and upload videos. In this case, the bystanders who were only at the area where they caught this boy, are trying to minimize this kids wrongdoing, which they probably did not observe, but they would still go on and label him as “frightened” and “harassed” just because. If he was “frightened” he wouldn’t have tried to run. If he felt harassed it’s because he got caught you Geniuses. So don’t play words against the officers actions. Especially when your video begins when the boy is already on the ground. Maybe he was suspected of wrongdoing and they used the stop sign violation as PC for the stop? Maybe the boy had came from behind a property and that was their reason for stopping him.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Oge said "This is ridiculous and IT NEEDS TO STOP."

What needs to stop is : 1-a member of the public , yes even at age 15, who does not do as instructed by an officer. IE-Stop when you are told to stop. 2 - a public who was not there to witness the specific circumstances and yet weighs in immediately in an anti cop manner . 3- a bleeding heart public or public official who thinks they know better than the LEO on the street who had addressed the matter first hand. 4- a public who refuses to take personal responsibility for their own actions and who blame other peoples or circumstances instead of looking into their own mirrors. That's what needs to stop. It is ignorant ,immature and irresponsible on the public's part. Get over your own manufactured outrage and get over your own level of self importance. These LEOs deserve all of our support as they deal with repetitious problem children on a daily basis...and some perps more than once .

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

This recent initiative, propelled by lots of localities and and members of the public, not to pursue suspects of lesser offenses and effect an arrest with force if necessary, is really going to have long-term and serious detrimental effect.

A prime example is how Giuliani managed to clean up NYC. Basically, the criminal element who commit major crimes also tend to be willing to commit a lot of minor ones. It's incredibly foolish policy to wait for the perp to commit a more serious crime.

There are good people and bad people in this world, and while some generally good people may occasionally make a bad decision that could result in consequences, it's really great policy to simply have LEOs enforce the laws they have sworn to enforce, all the time. Let the courts sort out the good from the bad. The cop who pulls over someone for a blown tail light may very well be pulling over a wanted felon, and everyone, particularly elected officials, should know that already, but some of them want votes from the bad people.

John Chapman
John Chapman

What was the kids doing before he ran? WHY would he run? As usual, some one is inciting something with a snippet of video.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

This is definitely a comment section that needs this helpful instructional by Chris Rock, before he got too scared to joke about it.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uj0mtxXEGE8

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

Dont scare the little black thug.... You might scare him out of a life of crime. Then what would he do with his life? He might have to go to school and get a job both are unacceptable in the black community

tfort
tfort

1st, it’s NJ. That alone explains a lot.

Campus cops, couldn’t qualify for a real department.

Trying to run over a 15 year old kid on a bike with a patrol car? We are not dealing with the smartest cops, but it’s NJ.

The eye witness give the best unbiased report.

gfc1963
gfc1963

The twitter says about running a stop sign? If you don't want to get arrested don't run a stop sign? But I guess black people are above this eh?

Grog
Grog

So what's the problem? This little thug wannabe's parents should be arrested for contributing to the STUPIDITY of their POS kid!

GForce48
GForce48

The poor little snowflake felt uncomfortable after seeing the arrest. Poor little soul! Just another example of police executives not supporting officers and encouraging them to ride around with blinders on!

Stanracer
Stanracer

All he needed to do was stop. Plain and simple. Dumb sad little brat.

Wish505
Wish505

Commit a crime and then run away hoping to get into another agency area. Plain and simple. All the kid had to do was obey the officers and stop but knowing that he was guilty he thought he could run away. Run Away Little Girl.. LOL

Raymelson
Raymelson

This is B,S LOCK HIS ,A,,, UP

Caprice56
Caprice56

Justice for the teen? Really? That’s easily solved. Listen to the police and comply. Play stupid games, and you lose.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Here is another recent example of a fleeing cyclist getting taken down.

Great driving...

maksdaddy09
maksdaddy09

That's not a bicycle... That's a moped. typical media