VIRAL VIDEO: Police Stand Back As Man Stomps On Patrol Cars
NJ – An angry, emotionally-distressed man performed a very public show
of defiance against the Newark Police Department on Saturday when he
jumped on top of three different police cruisers (video below).
occurred at about 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 4 in the 300-block of Clinton Place
near Lyons Avenue, when a shirtless man wearing black pants and red
sneakers jumped on top of an occupied police car.
In a bizarre scene
captured on video by a witness, the man stomped around on the roof of
the police car before he jumped onto the hood and stomped around some
Even stranger than
the scene unfolding on the roof was the fact that the police officer
remained inside his patrol unit as the man jumped on it, the video
Then the man jumped
off the car and went to the driver’s window of the police car, and
appeared to engage with the officer for almost a minute before he
returned to the front of the car and jumped up on the hood again.
In the video, the man jumped up and down as hard as he could on the cruiser’s hood, making visible dents in the metal.
Bystanders can be heard in the video speculating about why the man is “going crazy” and whether he might be on drugs.
About 90 seconds
after the video began, witnesses started speculating about where the
officer’s backup was, as the officer continued to sit in the police car
that was under assault.
Several times the
man squatted down and appeared to engage the officer through the
windshield in a menacing manner, the video showed, before he leapt onto
the police car’s roof yet again.
Two minutes after
the video began, two additional police units arrived to back up the one
the man was standing on. They rolled up behind the first car and
An officer got out
of the first backup unit and approached the rear of the police vehicle
the man was standing on and talked to him, the video showed.
Then all of a
sudden, the man ran down off the back of the police car, past the
officer, and up onto the hood and roof of the backup patrol car, the
cheered at the man’s antics, and so he took off yet again, down the back
of that police car, past another Newark police officer, and up onto the
hood and roof of the second backup unit, the video showed.
The man stood
screaming unintelligibly on the hood of the third cruiser as bystanders
began to heckle him and calling for him to steal a patrol car.
Then the video
showed he jumped down off the patrol car and approached the officer,
getting close enough to assault him if he had tried.
Despite the hoots and hollers of witnesses that seemed to escalate the man’s antics, police remained calm, the video showed.
Safety Director Anthony Ambrose told Blue Lives Matter in an email that
officers arrested the suspect after the incident.
The man was charged
with three counts of criminal mischief and remanded to the Essex County
Correctional Center, Director Ambrose said.
He said the Newark PD’s Internal Affairs Unit would be investigating how the officers handled the unusual situation.
Watch the man rampage across the top of three police cars in the video below:
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