Female police officer went to help young man being beaten by fellow cops:
A woman who intervened when two fellow officers were allegedly assaulting an ’emotionally disturbed’ young man, will find out in the next few days if she will be sacked. Officer Regina Tasca in the Bogota Police Department, New Jersey, has been suspended since the incident last April – the hearing in front of a retired judge started on Tuesday. When Officer Tasca, an 11-year veteran with numerous commendations, responded to a call in April 2011, she clicked her unit dashboard camera on.
In limbo: Officer Regina Tasca in the Bogota Police Department, has been suspended since the incident last April – she is an 11-year veteran with numerous commendation. Officer Tasca said one of the officers charged at the young man and she 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,’ she added. On the tape you can hear Tara, the mother, and Kyle, her son, screaming, “Why are you punching him?” and “Stop punching me!”, reported the website. Kyle’s mother was so disturbed by the incident that she took a photo of Officer Tasca, seemingly pulling the two officers off her son. Kyle was not charged or arrested for an offence – Officer Tasca says this is because he did not threaten anyone and did not have a weapon. She says he was not violent and did not even attempt to resist during the incident. Officer Tasca says she was eventually successful in yanking the Ridgefield Park policeman off Kyle. ‘If another officer is using excessive force, it’s my duty to make sure you stop it. and that’s what I did,’ says Officer Tasca about her actions. The hospital took several photos documenting the extensive bruises on the 22-year-old’s body including his head, back, arms and wrists.Disturbing: The black-and-white tape captures a mother, screaming for police to stop punching her son on their front lawn. Officer Tasca said when she met her superior officer after the incident she was asked to hand in her weapon and was told she would be sent for a fitness for duty exam. Bogota Police suspended Officer Tasca and the website reports that after hearing her story, they were concerned she was psychologically incompetent to be a police officer. But the two officers in the video have not been interviewed by an Internal Affairs Investigator, and are still working the streets today, reported Pix11.com.