New Brunswick Police Beat Man, Puncture Lung and Break Ribs, Wait Hours to Call for Medical Care

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A man who was arrested by city police in December 2015 has filed a civil complaint against two officers, the city, the police department and others, alleging police broke his ribs, punctured a lung and waited for hours to get him medical treatment.

Attorneys for New Brunswick and its police officers, meanwhile, have submitted subsequent court documents denying any wrongdoing.

The nine-count lawsuit, filed by city resident Dion Napier in United States District Court in June, seeks an unspecified monetary award for the alleged mistreatment, along with the reimbursement of attorneys’ fees, according to a copy of the document obtained by TAPinto New Brunswick.

In the complaint, Napier claims he was wrongfully arrested and imprisoned on Dec. 8, 2015, after being punched, kneed and pepper-sprayed by two New Brunswick police officers, Jonathan Rivera and Michael Powers. The complaint also claims that as many as 10 unnamed cops allowed Napier to sit in a holding cell for four hours, “writhing in pain,” before being taken to the hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery.

Further, Napier’s complaint claims, the city, its police force and Police Director Anthony Caputo enabled the alleged incident to occur due to improper training and policies or practices, which created a culture that allowed excessive force and the violation of rights.

“The plaintiff has sustained permanent physical and psychological trauma, has suffered great pain and discomfort and continues to experience physical and psychological damage,” reads the complaint, referencing the arrest’s alleged effects on Napier.

Shortly after the incident, residents took to City Hall to voice their concerns about the police department’s alleged treatment of Napier, according to a story by New Brunswick Today.

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