PATERSON (PIX11) — As a part of an effort to revive belief between the police division and the group, town of Paterson introduced the termination of police officer Spencer Finch following a disturbing Might 26 incident the place he’s seen attacking a father distraught about being separated from his youngsters.
The assault, captured on a police physique digicam launched by the mayor’s workplace, despatched shockwaves all through the group.
The sufferer is seen on the video within the hallway of a residential constructing interacting with one other officer making an attempt to calm him down; all of a sudden Officer Finch walks into the body and repeatedly punches the person.
As soon as on the bottom in handcuffs, Finch seems to strike the person with full pressure along with his knee.
“It was deplorable what I witnessed,” Mayor Andre Sayegh mentioned at a press convention Monday. ”And insupportable, that’s why we reached this level.”
Citing an investigation carried out by the Passaic County Prosecutor’s workplace which charged Finch with official misconduct, aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for an illegal function, Mayor Sayegh mentioned town did its due diligence and termination was warranted.
Finch — who has been accused of utilizing extreme pressure in at the very least 4 prior incidents — turns into the primary officer in Paterson to be fired primarily based on physique digicam proof.
“The officer will likely be afforded all of the due course of essential to him beneath the legislation as any particular person, and I firmly consider that we are going to be victorious on the finish of this course of,” Aymen Aboushi, company council for Paterson, mentioned, responding as to if or not town is ready for a authorized combat.
Whereas advocates applaud the mayor for retaining his phrase on accountability and transparency in the case of the police division, they agree there’s nonetheless a number of work to do in Paterson.
Zellie Thomas is with the Black Lives Matter Paterson chapter; based on him, Finch is only one of many officers that should be weeded out.
“There are different officers on this Paterson Police Division who’ve extreme pressure complaints towards them, who’ve lawsuits towards them, and we maintain them on the pressure,” Thomas mentioned. “That’s an issue.”
The Paterson Patrol Benevolent Affiliation didn’t instantly reply to PIX11’s request for remark.