Chris and his brother, Shaun, were walking home Aug 18th around 2 am in Seaside Heights. They saw a police officer and decided to film. According to Chris, (via email):
Me and my brother were walking on the boulevard right off the boardwalk. A police car pulled up by us about 20 yards away so I pulled out my phone ready to film. Nothing happened after standing there for a minute so we started walking away. We were about 35 yards away when the cop got out of his car and told us to stop. This is when I pulled my phone back out and started recording the officer walking up to me. He quickly took my phone and violated my rights. Me and my brother were separated. He was handcuffed peacefully a short while later. Eventually he was thrown to the ground and beat. I continued to be harrassed for not giving my ID and was told I would be arrested if I didnt hand it over. I handed it over without consent after a very long time asking what crime I commited. I continued to be harrassed and after a while they gave me a ticket for public nuisance and my brother was arrested for aggravated assault. He was taken away and subsequently beat in jail. We got him out on 25000 bond the next day at the county jail. He has marks and scratches all over his body. He also broke his nose. After all was said and done I asked Officer Anderson for his badge number but he told me I better leave and refused.
Chris states that he’s contacted other civil rights organizations and hopes his and his brother’s charges will be dropped. I hope so too, yet the thin blue line may have other ideas. Chris also stated that Officers Anderson (featured), Sasso, and Rodriguez were on scene for sure, but that another 5 – 7 officers arrived later. All these officers need to be held accountable, even the ‘good’ cop in the video – the one trying to get Chris to calm his brother down – should be fired for allowing Anderson to get so out of control.
That’s why I decided to start a call flood to this department. It’s been awhile since I called, but I see nothing has changed when seeking accountability with police. Not only was I given the run around, but when I finally did get a hold of Sgt. Diaz, he refused to tell me anything and only provided lame excuses as to why. I did leave a message and will keep folks posted.
If you’d like, call the Seaside Heights police department, their number is 732.793.1800. If you’re so inclined, please record the conversation and send it to us via our contact tab. I’ll provide some free goodies (stickers, business cards) to such Cop Blockers. Thanks in advance.