Three police officers with the Newton Police Department were recently cleared of any wrongdoing after someone claimed that the officers had assaulted his wife.
The officers had been accused of assaulting the woman while attempting to place her under arrest. According to police, the incident occurred at the Newton Medical Center. The woman had accompanied her husband to the emergency room at the hospital.
Authorities said that the woman was uncooperative with hospital staff. Moreover, authorities said that the woman interfered with doctors who were trying to treat her husband at the hospital.
Hospital staff members reportedly asked the woman to leave the emergency room several times. However, the woman allegedly refused to listen to the staff requests.
As a result of the escalating situation, hospital staff contacted Newton NJ police through a direct hotline which connects the emergency room to the police department.
When officers got to the scene, they reportedly heard the woman swearing and telling nurses that she would not leave the hospital room.
According to the Newton police chief, officers had no choice but to physically remove the woman from the hospital. However, officers said that the woman did not leave quietly; instead, she allegedly dropped to the ground and flailed and kicked her legs at the officers.
The officers eventually restrained the woman and handcuffed her; they then walked her out of the hospital and placed her in a patrol car.
After arriving at the police station, the woman allegedly refused to get out of the patrol vehicle. The officers ultimately pulled her from the car.
The woman was later charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and defiant trespass.
After news of the investigation was made public, an attorney for one of the officers spoke out. He said that his client used appropriate force while making the arrest.
An internal affairs investigation ultimately concluded that the officers had not acted inappropriately while making the arrest.
For additional information, see the NJ.com article entitled “Newton Cops Cleared of Assaulting Woman in Hospital Arrest, Chief Says.”
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