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The New Jersey State Attorney General's office is investigating alleged misconduct by Paterson police officers. They're accused of assaulting a 19-year-old man without provocation; CBS2's Alice Gainer reports.
DANA TYLER: The New Jersey State Attorney General's office is investigating alleged misconduct by Paterson police officers. They're accused of assaulting a 19-year-old man without provocation. CBS 2's Alice Gainer reports.
ALICE GAINER: Osahma Alsaidi posted this security video on Instagram two months after he says two undercover Paterson police officers beat him, causing a head injury. We're slowing it down so you can see what happens.
OSAHMA ALSAIDI: They came out of the car. One of them come up to me and said, what did you say? I told them, I didn't say nothing. Then he just started punching me.
ALICE GAINER: It happened on December 14th, around 12:30 AM, in the area of 1245 Madison Avenue. Alsaidi says he was walking to his car to go to work as an Amazon delivery man. He says officers had been talking to someone else up the block.
OSAHMA ALSAIDI: That's when they came for me, asked me what I said.
ALICE GAINER: Why do you think they stopped you like that?
OSAHMA ALSAIDI: I don't know.
ALICE GAINER: We don't know what happened before this video starts and there's no audio on this video. But according to a copy of the police report his lawyer has, Alsaidi, then 19 years old, walked toward these officers screaming profanities and acting belligerent, causing a disturbance to the residents around the surrounding area. Officers ignored him, it says. "After a few moments, the Mr. Alsaidi then got closer to these officers and proceeded to get in an aggressive fighting stance." He was arrested and charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.
DIEGO NAVAS: They clearly made this up for some reason. We don't know why, but they were clearly the aggressors here. They followed my client in their vehicle. They pulled up to him.
ALICE GAINER: The Council on American Islamic Relations, or CAIR New Jersey, held a virtual news conference with Alsaidi.
- Not terminating them and prosecuting them would be an insult to the residents of Paterson.
OSAHMA ALSAIDI: I mean, I do want, you know, for them to be held accountable. You know, not let them get away with it.
ALICE GAINER: We wanted to get the officer's side of the story, but Paterson police say the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office is investigating, as well as the state attorney general. As for the mayor, his office would only say he's grateful to the AG for taking swift action.
In Paterson, Alice Gainer, CBS 2 News.
DANA TYLER: Alsaidi and his lawyer say, days after the incident, they filed a complaint with the Paterson Police Internal Affairs Department, but have not heard back.