Numerous police officers stopped Minguela at gunpoint and he put his hands up, at which point Romantino tried to pull his hands behind his back. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office release, the move “startled” Minguela and he pulled away, causing Romantino to throw him on the ground.

Then Romantino, “without provocation,” punched Minguela 12 times in the head while other officers moved to hold his arms and legs, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Romantino, in a police report, wrote that Minguela was resisting by putting his left hand under his chest and trying to lift himself off the ground, and added that he could not see Minguela’s right hand.

But that report, which tried to justify the use of force, was false, the indictment alleges. Romantino actually held Minguela’s left hand while punching the back of his head. Another officer held the man’s right arm, the office said.

Romantino can be seen on body camera footage obtained by NJ Advance Media using his right hand to punch Minguela. The officer was later treated at Virtua Hospital for injuries to his right hand.

That same body camera footage showed that Romantino j

The man suffered a concussion and a fractured wrist, his attorney said.

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A federal grand jury has indicted a Camden County police officer who was caught on video punching a man 12 times in the head after stopping him on a Camden street in February.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Friday that a grand jury found evidence that Officer Nicholas Romantino, 25, of Egg Harbor Township, violated Edward Minguela’s civil rights by repeatedly punching him in the head and then falsified a police report to cover up the assault.

The indictment against Romantino comes more than six months after Camden County Police Department announced he would not be charged with a crime because body camera videos showed Minguela was resisting arrest by pulling away from officers.

The office has also ignored calls from a civil rights lawyer to drop the obstruction and resisting arrest charges against Minguela, 32, of Camden.

The police department called the surveillance video of the incident “extremely disturbing” and placed Romantino on unpaid leave pending an internal affairs investigation.

The incident on Feb. 22 was sparked by a 911 call claiming that a man matching Minguela’s description had a gun. What happened next was captured on surveillance video, which Minguela obtained and distributed to the media when he called for an investigation into what happened to him.

Numerous police officers stopped Minguela at gunpoint and he put his hands up, at which point Romantino tried to pull his hands behind his back. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office release, the move “startled” Minguela and he pulled away, causing Romantino to throw him on the ground.

Then Romantino, “without provocation,” punched Minguela 12 times in the head while other officers moved to hold his arms and legs, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Romantino, in a police report, wrote that Minguela was resisting by putting his left hand under his chest and trying to lift himself off the ground, and added that he could not see Minguela’s right hand.

But that report, which tried to justify the use of force, was false, the indictment alleges. Romantino actually held Minguela’s left hand while punching the back of his head. Another officer held the man’s right arm, the office said.

Romantino can be seen on body camera footage obtained by NJ Advance Media using his right hand to punch Minguela. The officer was later treated at Virtua Hospital for injuries to his right hand.

That same body camera …read more

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