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Panel: 2 Troopers Used ‘Unreasonable Force’

An internal affairs review has found two New Jersey state police troopers used “unreasonable force” when they arrested a disabled man three years ago.

Colonel Joseph R. Fuentes
State Police Colonel Joseph R. Fuentes (Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst)

State Police Lt. Stephen Jones tells The Star-Ledger that agency officials are still determining
what disciplinary action will be taken against the troopers. He said the finding came after a “thorough, in-depth review by multiple state agencies, which is standard procedure when a trooper
uses force to make an arrest.

The newspaper posted a video recording of the May 2009 arrest, captured by a dashboard camera inside a state police cruiser. It shows a trooper throwing James Bayliss to the ground, kneeling on him and punching him several times in the face.

 

Bayliss suffered a severe traumatic brain injury in a 2005 car crash.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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