VIDEO: Outrage After Cops Pepper Spray Deaf Man, Then Chief Releases Truth

Raasean Adams was charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer after officers had to subdue him with pepper spray.

Paterson, NJ – The Passaic County Prosecutor has announced that no criminal charges will be filed against the Paterson officers who pepper sprayed a drunken, deaf man who was fighting the police (video below.)

Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Troy Oswald released the investigation's findings in a joint statement on Monday, the South Passaic Daily Voice reported.

“The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office in consultation with the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General has determined that the use of physical and mechanical force does not give rise to criminal charges against any of the involved officers based upon the New Jersey Attorney General’s Use of Force Policy and the New Jersey criminal code,” the statement read.

The incident occurred at approximately 6 p.m. on Sep. 28, after Paterson Police Department officers stopped a vehicle on Godwin Avenue and arrested a suspect for drug offenses, the South Passaic Daily Voice reported.

As the officers were waiting for a tow truck to move the suspect’s vehicle, a rowdy crowd began to gather in the area around them, the joint statement read.

Raasean Adams, who was “holding a cup of what is believed to be alcohol,” approached the officers and “attempted to take the keys to the vehicle involved in the narcotics arrest from an officer’s hand,” according to Valdes and Chief Oswald.

The officers noted that Adams “appeared… to be intoxicated,” and said that they “advised Mr. Adams several times to leave the scene but he refused,” the release said.

Other people at the scene told the officers that Adams was “hearing impaired,” and they “pleaded” with him to comply with police, according to the joint statement.

Despite having multiple opportunities to walk away, Adams inexplicably tossed his lit cigarette at one of the officers.

The officers then attempted to place him under arrest, at which point Adams began “flailing his arms attempting to avoid being handcuffed,” according to the release.

They wrestled Adams to the ground, where the altercation continued.

"Adams continually refused, at which point an officer struck [him] with his elbow to gain compliance,” the joint statement said. “The officer reported that after several failed attempts to handcuff Adams, the officer utilized OC spray to [his] face.”

An angry bystander then hurled a beer bottle, nearly striking one of the officers in the head.

Another person in the crowd was also pepper sprayed after he refused to back away from the officers, cell phone footage showed.

Adams was ultimately handcuffed in front, but refused to get into the patrol vehicle and “threw himself on the ground,” the statement said, according to the South Passaic Daily Voice.

He was eventually transported to a local hospital for evaluation, and was then released to police.

Adams was charged with resisting arrest and aggravated assault on a peace officer, but later pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of obstruction.

According to WABC, Adams has been arrested in Passaic County at least 14 times in the recent past.

He was also charged with assault and use of a deadly weapon in nearby Essex County.

Chief Oswald and Valdes said in their joint statement that the department plans to “review current de-escalation training to determine if additional or modified training should be undertaken,” the South Passaic Daily Voice reported.

The officers involved in the arrest could still face administrative sanctions pending the outcome of the internal investigation.

You can watch footage of the officers’ altercation with Adams in the video below:

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I wonder if the dozens of times I have been pepper sprayed or all the times I have been tazed while in training qualifies for me to file a lawsuit against my agency as being a “hostile work environment”? Lmao. Poor load mouth pos got pepper sprayed! Hope he learned to mind his own business now.


This same crowd reaction could be from any city in this country where minorities live. Why they feel it necessary to get involved in someone else's business is baffling. This rarely happens anywhere else. When asked to leave, the usual response is "that's my auntie", "that's my cousin", etc, etc. Just mind your own business and you will never have to worry about feeling the heat of the pepper spray.


The problem was caused by the crowd, who feel safe in the fact they outnumber the police and can create an opportunity for the suspect to escape or to have the officers appear to overreact in dealing with these combative angry crowds while others use cell phone video to film the mob. it is time that some laws are enacted that allow officers to have the safe buffer zone to perform their duties while the public is required to remain at a safe distance of at least 50 feet away, keeping them safe and still able to observe the officer actions should the chose too. those who violate this should find themselves in violation of the officer safety buffer zone and any additional charges they find themselves committing while injecting themselves into a police matter. we have reached a point that we are willing to place officers at risk for video entertainment of news media and FB.


Why do blacks feel the need to create a mob and get involved in every police interaction?? STFU and let the police do their jobs!! The person that threw a beer bottle should have been arrested!! I loved when that POS loud mouth got pepper sprayed!!! "I can't see, I can't see!!" And just because someone is hearing impaired doesn't keep them from being responsible for their actions!! And based on his arrest history, he's nothing but a thug who can't hear!!!


“review current de-escalation training to determine if additional or modified training should be undertaken,"

And then we will give you the magic "Quit acting like an idiot" wand to wave at them. This is learned behavior, the longer we go without actually punishing people for fighting the police and rewarding them with the ghetto lottery win when they act stupid. The worst things are going to get. The way the media presents it is like every cop out there can't wait to shoot someone every day. We are in a sad place as a country because of this attitude.