VIDEO: Cop Who Repeatedly Hit Resisting Suspect Is Under Fire For Comments After

A New Jersey police officer was criticized for having made jokes about his takedown of a suspect after the fact.

Camden, NJ – A Camden County police officer has faced some backlash after police released bodycam footage in accordance with a public records request that showed him joking about a physical confrontation with a suspect (video below).

Camden County police officers responded to a 911 call about a man with a gun near the Fairview Liquor Store on Collings Road at around 8 p.m. on Feb. 22, NJ Advance Media reported.

Officers spotted Edward Minguela, who matched the description provided by the 911 caller, and did a felony stop on him at gunpoint.

Police have released bodycam footage from several officers’ cameras that showed Minguela initially put his hands up when he was ordered to do so, but when Officer Nicholas Romantino tried to take him into custody and handcuff him, Minguela was having none of it.

In the video, Minguela pulled away from the officers, and resisted arrest.

Officer Romantino took him to the ground and tried to handcuff him, but the suspect would not comply with police commands or allow himself to be subdued, the video showed.

The officer delivered a dozen blows to the man who was reported to be armed with a gun, as the officer shouted "put your hands behind your back!" repeatedly.

Finally, Officer Romantino was able to get handcuffs on Minguela, at which point the suspect began protesting being struck, the video showed.

"Why you hitting me like that bro?" Minguela asked the officer several times.

After walking Minguela over to a cruiser, Romantino patted him down. The video showed Minguela complaining to the officers as he was searched and put into a patrol vehicle.

The recent controversy surrounded a couple minutes of bodycam video that was recorded after the incident, when the suspect had already been removed for booking by a transport vehicle.

The video showed Officer Romantino and a couple other officers laughing and joking about Minguela’s takedown.

In the video, Officer Romantino was showing his bruised knuckles to another officer.

"That guy. He's always giving us a hard time, that guy,” the other officer said.

“Not anymore,” Officer Romantino joked.

One of the officers asked him if the incident got his adrenaline going.

Shortly thereafter, the video showed Officer Romantino advising the other officers that Minguela had asked to go to the hospital en route to jail.

“He’s requesting to go to the hospital after I roughed his dome up a little bit,” he said.

“Okay, we’ll go meet Sanchez at the hospital then,” the other officer replied, totally nonplussed by the suspect’s request for medical treatment.

Minguela claimed that once he got to the hospital, officers tried to manipulate him.

He said he was told by police that if he declined medical care, he’d receive a summons for resisting arrest and obstruction.

However, Minguela claimed officers said that if he sought treatment, they would tack on the more serious charge of assault and battery on a police officer, NJ Advance Media reported.

No evidence has been released to back up Minguela's claims.

Minguela said he took the police’s offer and left the hospital, but he returned the next day for treatment of a concussion and a fractured wrist.

In late April, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office announced that that Officer Romantino’s use of force was justified, because the video clearly showed Minguela resisting arrest.

However, Officer Romantino remains on unpaid leave while the Camden County Police Department conducts its own internal affairs investigation, NJ Advance Media reported.

Minguela’s attorney, Devin Jacob, has argued that it’s a conflict of interest for the same prosecutor’s office that’s trying to prosecute his client for resisting arrest to be in charge of investigating the use-of-force allegations against police.

You can see the bodycam of the video below:

Comments (52)
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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Pause.

So did he or did he not have a gun? If not, someone should be contacting whoever made that false report.

And if he didn't have a gun, why was he being taken into custody in the first place?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

"“Okay, we’ll go meet Sanchez at the hospital then,” the other officer replied, totally nonplussed by the suspect’s request for medical treatment."

Did you mean to use "nonplussed" here? Nonplussed means confused and bothered, not unaffected like people tend to think and like i think you meant it here.

ShelbyCole
ShelbyCole

Conflict of interest for the same prosecutor’s office that’s trying to prosecute his client for resisting arrest to be in charge of investigating the use-of-force allegations against police. That will be hushed up, how else will the officer Get off scot-free?

Mrs10
Mrs10

What is glaringly missing from this slanted and obviously edited video?
The footage from the cameras of all the OTHER people milling around. There would have been several, especially after the suspect began interacting with the cops.
The fact that the video only shows that view is suspicious.

And I do not know of any municipalities where the suspect’s criminal charges and any separate use-of-force allegations are handled by different prosecutor’s offices. I may have that incorrect and if I do let me know.
But the police and DA’s offices have separate purposes, means, etc. To say that the investigation into each separate case can’t be handled by the same office is a large leap unless there has been clear evidence of collusion between the two.

John-Brown
John-Brown

You are correct ma'am. You have to remember that the statement made that there is a "conflict of interest" came from the sewer rat, bottoming feeding pond scum also known as a defense lawyer. He is obviously preparing for his turn at the ghetto lottery. His statement is complete bullshit. Here in Maryland, as in New Jersey, the SA/DA's office is completely separate from the police. It is the job of the police to charge crimes, which requires only probable cause. It is the DA's job to prosecute crimes, which requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt. The two are vastly different principles and more often than you might think the police and DA clash over these issues. In some ways, the DA's office provides a check on the police to keep them from bringing in trumped up charges that should new see the inside of a courtroom. But the DA is also an elected official, which means they often fail to do their job when they start to think too politically. My relationship with the State's Attorney's Office was excellent. Don't bring them trash arrests, write detailed reports and testify with confidence and truthfulness and they will be your friend. And I never lost a case that went to trial.

Kingster
Kingster

Joking is bad never talk about taking down a man that refused to be taken into custody

John-Brown
John-Brown

Joking about pieces of shit, especially morbid joking (not that that occured here), is a common coping mechanism for police officers to keep themselves desensitized to the insanity around them.

Propolice
Propolice

Police are people... people that put themselves in danger every day they go to work. They have human emotions and sometimes laughing and making comments that would seem offensive is a really just a way of releasing some tension SOOOOO Get Over It. Stay within the law and you won’t have to worry about it

b1rd
b1rd

H_C Dumbshit I've had police search me, and my property. No problems. If he had no gun he shouldn't have resisted. He would not have been taken into custody for resisting as a minimum dumbshit.

CloserFocus
CloserFocus

It can’t be stressed enough...whenever you are approached by an officer of the law, DO EXACTLY AS YOU ARE TOLD. Don’t resist, don’t run! Just DO what you are told! If you are innocent & have nothing to hide, as in a concealed weapon, you will be fine. Non compliance never results in anything good. On the other hand, I would think it would be a bit hard to put your hands behind your back when on the ground & being pummeled. Give the guy a chance to do so, before using your fists like a machine gun. He was apparently known to cops, as the 1 remark suggests. So when cops recognize a repeat offender, they will react differently. Too many repeats on the streets. Too many judges handing out wrist slaps. The system needs a HUGE overhaul, which it will not be getting. So, back to the top....DO EXACTLY AS YOU ARE TOLD! Dumbasses never seem to learn. I don’t hear anything that I would not expect to hear here. Fools today just protest everything, hoping for a good result in their direction. In this case, this loser is hoping for a financial windfall, cuz he’s learned from the whiny, sue happy babies & libby’s, you can have your way, if you cry loud enough. Really sad state our country is in today. Years of coddling the wrong doers. This is the result.

Righton17
Righton17

Would like to see the entire video, not this edited version.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

This reflects badly on the police officers because people who joke around in that way seem like the type of people who would be dishonest when they can get away with it. Good job by whoever made that records request.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Not clear from the article -- did Minguela have a gun or not? From the story it doesn't seem that there was probable cause to arrest Minguela at the time the arrest was initiated. Enough for a Terry stop and frisk, sure, but arrest requires more cause, which I am not seeing in the article. One shouldn't resist even an unlawful arrest, but I am definitely more sympathetic to those who resist unlawful arrests in a non-violent way. And, of course, there is a right to resist excessive force if it is directed at one's head. Bottom line: if Minguela sues the officers for false arrest and/or excessive force then the video will be likely be helpful to his cause.

gfc1963
gfc1963

Don't resist arrest and you don't get a beating. Is that too hard for people to understand?

LEO0301
LEO0301

You have obviously never been in a hospital ER when doctors and nurses, who are working on a code, are making all kinds of jokes that most people would find questionable. Except those of us who work in the emergency field who are bombarded by things that are difficult for the human mind to accept. That's why you'll hear those type of comments. They are a defense mechanism in order to keep ones sanity.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@b1rd
You're not understanding. If there was no gun in the first place, and he was searched and there was no gun found, why is he being taken into custody? He resisted because he was being taken into custody, but for what?

It's hard for you to respond to me directly because you're constantly worried about responding to me and putting on a show instead of answering.

stupidisasstupiddoes
stupidisasstupiddoes

One moment you don't think someone should be held accountable with making a "false report" to the police. Next moment you want someone held accountable for making a false report to the police. Consistency is key, bro. But we don't expect that from you..........

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@stupidisasstupiddoes
Funny, I dont remember two stories that include a false report to the police. where was the other one?

b1rd
b1rd

H_C Dumbshit, eventually you didn't read the second and third paragraph. Here, I will just put it right here so you can read it again. Have someone help you if needed.
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Camden County police officers responded to a 911 call about a man with a gun near the Fairview Liquor Store on Collings Road at around 8 p.m. on Feb. 22, NJ Advance Media reported.
Officers spotted Edward Minguela, who matched the description provided by the 911 caller, and did a felony stop on him at gunpoint.
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Notice how it said this guy matched the description from the 911 call? Next, the dumbass resisted.

b1rd
b1rd

Yes, you really are that stupid. LOL. Hope your planned kid does not inherit your intelligence. If you and your supposed wife don't abort the poor kid.

b1rd
b1rd

READ THE FU**G article dumbass

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Well, it is okay to detain him on suspicion of having a gun, but it is not alright to arrest him on suspicion of having a gun. If there is a civil suit, the police will probably argue that handcuffing is a good and normal part of a Terry stop on a gun related call, and Miguela will probably counter-argue that the handcuffs signal the start of an "arrest" and that the arrest was not supported by probable cause at its inception.

b1rd
b1rd

Can a LEO explain why you would cuff an individual that is believed to have a gun?

LEO0301
LEO0301

A "Terry Stop" is a stop of a person by law enforcement officers based upon "reasonable suspicion" that a person may have been engaged in criminal activity, whereas an arrest requires "probable cause" that a suspect committed a criminal offense. The officers were fine putting this guy in handcuffs for their own safety based on the call of a man with a gun. When the suspect resisted those attempts the officer had a reason to believe his life was in danger. The crime occurred when the suspect failed to obey a lawful order.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Sure would like to hear a tape of that 911 call. I hope they requested that, too.

LEO0301
LEO0301

LOL No, why would they do that? Seriously?! Yes, of course the officers would have a copy of the call....guaranteed!

Hannibal
Hannibal

He did not comply for 12 punches. Get the story straight man. Jesus I can't stand this shit.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Thanks to those who gave actual clarification.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Whether police were effecting an arrest when they decided to cuff him is an issue of fact that involves many factors. However, the article says that officers were trying to take him into "custody," which does imply that they were making an arrest just before the pulling away started.

b1rd
b1rd

Satisfied H_C Dumbshit ??
Or are you going to continue a silly rant??

RunCop
RunCop

Of course lowest common demoninator would resist....it's in his kind's DNA!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@RunCop
How are you commenting here when you're busy snitching? Don't you have a big brother to call to come beat me up or something?

b1rd
b1rd

H_C Dumbass is off i never never land again.
Even if the body cam showed everything was done correctly you would still deny facts. It's ingrained into your minuscule liberal brain.

John-Brown
John-Brown

Highest_Retard, it is a Terry stop. Why do you resist the truth? Every cop here knows that but you want to play internet lawyer.

John-Brown
John-Brown

It's also in his DNA to wear his pants below his ass. Of course they are not his pants. They are someone else's.

Eaglescout
Eaglescout

Pretty simple and absolutely normal situation. Innocent man has a gun pulled on
him by a cop. Puts his hands up in confusion since he hasn't done anything. Cop assaults him. Beats the shit out of him then everybody makes jokes and has a little party. Every one of these cops should be beaten to within an inch of there lives. No ghetto lottery here. He'll get paid because he deserves it. To bad the cop won't get what he deserves. He is an unaccountable criminal, period.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@John-Brown
I see a guy that got beat by a cop when he was stopped and cuffed for a misreported crime. I'm sure a jury of powers will award him handsomely.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Concussion and broken wrist is definitely a beating.

And speaking of hysterical women, weren't you crying about being served slower in a donut shop?

John-Brown
John-Brown

Concussion and broken wrist as claimed by the POS. No evidence to back it up. And no, I did not directly comment on the donut story. I don't eat donuts. More stupidity out of your mouth.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@John-Brown
He got punched 12 times in the head based on a presumably false statement. I doubt you've ever taken a punch to the head, but next time I'm in Maryland, I'll gladly contact you for a fair one.

b1rd
b1rd

H_C Dumbass, I realize it is hard for you and eagleshit to unserstand but, when a cop says "you match the description of a person reported by a 911 call that has a gun" the best option is to let the cop do his job. If he feels like cuffing you let him cuff you. Unless of course you have something to worry about. Trust me, you won't get the shit beat out of you for resisting.

b1rd
b1rd

10 to 1 you have never been pulled over by the cops.

John-Brown
John-Brown

Highest_Retard, I've been punched more times than I can remember and have the facial scars to prove it. Your threat to punch me is another indicator that you need to stop playing in schoolyards. I've been punched by real men, not by one who wears women's underwear.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@John-Brown
Well like i offered, I'd be down to actually go 5 minutes with you. No friends, no guns. Head gear, mouth piece, and 16 ounce gloves in a controlled environment.

Are you anywhere near Silver Spring? That's where i grew up, and I'll be back in the area for Memorial Day.