June 7, 2014
A video has surfaced that shows two officers punching a handcuffed prisoner inside a Berkeley Township jail cell.
Tax payers will be held to the fire again for the abusive actions of police as Darren Yurick, 38, files a lawsuit against Berkeley Township for alleged excessive force.
Yurick was arrested last year for allegedly beating up his estranged wife. Police initially had Yurick in the cell without handcuffs. When he was seen touching the jail cell lock, he was removed from the cell and handcuffed on the ground.
According to News 12, Yurick's attorney has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that Patrolman Patrick Stesner Jr. beat Yurick up once he got him back into the cell. In his police report, Officer Stesner says he struck Yurick once in the face to de-escalate the situation because Yurick was kicking him.
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An internal affairs investigation at the police department concluded the force used by the officer was justified. The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office reviewed the case and had the same finding.
"There is additional video beyond what the attorney is presenting which gives a clearer picture of the entire event," says spokesman Al Della Fave.
In 2010, Berkeley Township settled a lawsuit for $110,000 after a Bayville man said police beat him. Officer Stesner was among those named in that suit.
The ability to alleviate the negative consequences of poor decisions by passing that liability on to the tax payer is a function unique to the state.
The ramifications of such irresponsible market practices are manifested in instances such as this; a man who was already proven to have brutalized someone, keeps his job, only to brutalize again.
There are no checks and zero balance in the monopoly of government run ‘security.’