In April of 2011, Bogota officer Regina Tasca called for backup assistance in taking a mentally disturbed man to the hospital. Two Ridgefield Park police officers arrived and immediately rushed in to the scene and started beating on the victim. Officer Tasca attempted to intervene.
Neither of the Ridgefield Park officers have been punished.
Tasca described what we see on the videotape: "The Ridgefield Park officer automatically charges and takes him down to the ground. I was quite shocked. As he's doing that, another Ridgefield Park officer flies to the scene in his car, jumps out and starts punching him in the head."
On the tape you can hear Tara, the mother, and Kyle, her son, screaming, "Why are you punching him?" and "Stop punching me!"
The two Ridgefield Park Sergeants are never heard refuting the claims that they punched the 22 year-old man as he was waiting for an ambulance.
Even worse, Kyle was never charged, nor arrested, for any offense. Tasca says it's because he never threatened, did not have a weapon, and indeed never resisted and was not violent. Eventually Tasca was able to pry the punching Ridgefield Park officer off Kyle... - PIX 11 Story
Because of this incident (and another incident where she is being accused of not assisting in an incident at a hospital) she has been suspended without pay since May. A departmental trial is taking place this week to judge whether or not she is fit to be a police officer.
Recorded: Photographs from the hospital documenting the bruises on the 22-year-old's head, back, arms and wrists
See coverage by PIX 11. Reason magazine has covered it in their blog. There is a follow up video and interview with Regina Tasker by WPIX. Coverage of the start of the trial can be found at The Record.