The news is out: [A New Jersey police officer has been charged with assault after bodycam footage showed the man allegedly using pepper spray on a group of young black men unjustly.
Ryan Dubiel, 31, directed pepper spray at people “without provocation” when responding to a trespassing call, according to the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office.
The cop and several of his colleagues were called to a home on 4 June from a property owner nearby who thought a group of people sitting on the front stoop of a home were trespassing.
When responding to the call, the officers asked the young black men on the home’s porch their names, many of whom refused. Dubiel then asked a teenager looking at his phone on the porch to place his hands behind his head, but he said he was texting his brother.
This then prompted Dubiel to spray the young man with pepper spray before spraying other people on the porch. Bodycam footage also showed the officer chasing another person while spraying the irritant.
The bodycam footage showing the incident was worn by Dubiel, prosecutors said.
The office added the people sprayed by the officer “were not observed physically resisting or attempting to harm others or themselves”.]
If cops are law enforcement officers, and if they are doing a great job, then the laws are fucked up.