A black man in New Jersey was severely beaten by police officers after he was pulled over for running a red light.
Genesis Torres, 40, of Trenton, said he was beaten by two Trenton Police officers who pulled him over in a liquor store parking lot this month, the Trentonian reported.
“When I got to the back parking lot, I seen two cops,” Torres said to the Trentonian. “They told me, ‘Don’t move, don’t move, don’t move.’ I put my hands up. As I’m falling down, they’re punching on me.”
As a result of the attack, Torres suffered broken bones and a concussion alongside other head injuries. He spent three days handcuffed to his hospital bed.
Torres’ attorney said the officers “beat the crap out of” him and that “they could have killed him.”
Torres, who plans to sue the city, has also filed an internal affairs complaint. In response, his attorney said, the department is investigating. There is no police footage of the incident, and the Trenton Police said in a criminal complaint that Torres had fought with them.
The Trenton Police complaint names one Detective Jorge Mejia, and was drafted by Harrison Steimle, who appears to have been the other officer involved. The complaint accuses Torres of trying to flee and fight with the officers. Torres said he was afraid of being shot and that the officers would think he had a weapon.
Torres, who has been charged with aggravated assault of officers, resisting arrest, and drug possession, told the Trentonian that a witness who was in the parking lot has come forward to back up his story.
The incident comes at a troubling time for the department, as Trenton Police Director Ernest Parrey Jr. has recently come under fire after being caught on tape calling city residents “hood rats.”