Four Atlantic City Policemen Brutally Beat Black Teen

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None of the officers, who leaped from an unmarked car to confront Brewer, his stepfather and two friends, identified themselves as members of a law enforcement agency or presented official badges, according to witnesses.

Although Brewer asked a seemingly harmless question, the black officer retorted, "I'll show you who I am" and knocked Brewer to the ground, according to the witnesses.  The other three officers, the witnesses claim, joined their black companion and "stomped and kicked" Brewer.

When Brewer's shocked stepfather and friends asked why the officers were beating him, the policemen, witnesses said, threatened to beat them as well.

The officers also threatened to arrest the witnesses if they continued to photograph them, according to sources.

The beating, according to the complaint, was so severe and intense that Brewer's left eye was rammed out of its socket.  Brewer's left eye, which sustained permanent, irreparable damage, is no longer capable of providing normal vision.

Brewer has since had two eye surgeries at the internationally respected Wills Eye Clinic in Philadelphia and is scheduled for another, on the right eye, which his mother said is "deflating."

Chief Jubilee, according to Jones' demand, violated at least six requirements clearly spelled out in the New Jersey Attorney-General's Internal Affairs & Policy Procedures manual when Gray, in a telephone call, asked him to identify the officers who "brutally assaulted her son "without provocation."

First, Jones' complaint alleged, "Chief Jubilee failed to accept Ms. Gray's complaint of "police brutality" over the phone.  Next, the complaint states, "he failed to provide any information or paperwork to Ms. Gray concerning the arrest of her son and told her she had to set up an appointment with Internal Affairs to file a complaint against the four officers who assaulted her son."

Chief Jubilee, Jones alleged, "knowingly & willfully violated Requirement Two of the Attorney General's Internal Affairs Policy and Procedures of New Jersey."

Requirement Two, Jones pointed out, mandates that "every law enforcement agency must accept reports of officer misconduct from any person, including anonymous sources, at any time." It further instructs that "complaints of officer misconduct shall be accepted from all persons who wish to file a complaint regardless of the hour or day of the week. This includes reports from anonymous sources, juveniles and persons under arrest or in custody."

 Further, Jones, noted in his complaint, "Chief Jubilee 'unlawfully protected' his 'rogue' police officers.  He turned a blind eye and deaf ear to Ms. Gray's complaints of "police brutality."

Gray, in a long statement written exclusively for last week, said, "coping with what the police officers did to my son has been very, very difficult for me."

She has apprehensions over young Brewer's safety and fears “he may be beaten again."  Gray said they mount each time Brewer leaves home. "I worry that someone will come to my home and tell me my son has been arrested or killed by police officers," she said.

Gray said she has "anxiety attacks everytime I see law enforcement officers" and calls "Trent constantly to be sure he's okay."

Testifying before the city council about her son's plight, Gray said, "has been very hard for me.  At first, I didn't know what to do."

The four police officers, she said, "put my son in the hospital and damn near killed him.  I was scared and didn't know what to do, who to call or who to trust."

"I just took things into my own hands because I knew I couldn't let them get away with what they did, so I contacted to see if an outside agency would help me get justice for my son," Gray said.

While waiting for a return call, Gray said, she "contacted the Press of Atlantic City newspaper and left a message for staff writer Lynda Cohen."  In Gray's message, she asked Cohen to expose the alleged beating and said she wasn't afraid that angry police officers might seek revenge.

"I wanted the world to know what is going on here in Atlantic City and how the people who are supposed to "protect and serve" treat our youth."'s requests on Monday for comments from the mayor, police chief and City Council President William Marsh were referred to William Glass, Atlantic City's Director of Public Safety, who supervises Jubilee.

Glass said that he could not comment on whether the four officers are guilty of what appears to have been an unprovoked, brutal attack.  To do so, Glass said, "might give the impression" that he is attempting to "influence the case."

When asked about the incomplete Internal Affairs Investigation into Brewer's alleged beating, which the Atlantic City Police Department reportedly launched in early February, Glass said, "it is being conducted by the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office."

Meanwhile, Glass said he is unaware of threats the officers allegedly made when the witnesses photographed them.

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