Bar Video for Criminal Activity Catches Alleged Police Brutality
By SUSAN DONALDSON JAMES, ABC News, June 6, 2009
Ronnie Holloway's eyes were still black and blue one week after he was allegedly beaten by a Passaic, N.J., police officer -- an attack that was inadvertently caught on a video surveillance camera.
Holloway, who is on medication for schizophrenia, joined more than 80 others outside that community's city hall Saturday to demand that Officer Joseph R. Rios III be fired.
The tape shows Holloway, 49, waiting outside Lawrence's Grill and Bar restaurant in Passaic when a police cruiser pulled up and a female officer asked him to zip up his sweatshirt. Holloway appears to comply, but Rios jumps out and begins hitting him with his fists and a baton.
The scene shows baby strollers and other pedestrians walk by in the downtown retail section of this community of immigrants and working poor.
Holloway does not appear to resist, and at one point, Rios seems to stand him back up and then slam him into the police cruiser.