A police officer who is the brother of a New Jersey mayor was charged with punching a teenager so many times he was left hospitalized, prosecutors say.
Carteret police officer Joseph Reiman, 31 was charged with third-degree aggravated assault and second-degree official misconduct, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey.
Joseph Reiman is the brother of Carteret Mayor Daniel Reiman.
Reiman was pursuing the teen in his patrol car when the teen crashed into a utility pole guide wire, according to prosecutors. When the teen left his vehicle after the crash, Reiman got on top of him and punched him several times with a closed fist, alleges prosecutors. After the accident and alleged assault, the officer did not call an ambulance but instead put him in his police car.
The officer did not activate his body camera during the encounter; however, his camera in his car recorded much of the scene. An investigation into the encounter is ongoing, and prosecutors said the video would not be released to the public at this time.