New Jersey Cops Caught on Camera Siccing Dog, Attacking Man for Recording Woman’s Arrest

A New Jersey man who video recorded a mob of cops beating a woman on the Fourth of July was attacked and beaten himself by those same cops, only for another citizen to video record that arrest.

Trenton police managed to delete the footage from the first camera – as they’ve done in the past with other citizens –  but didn’t manage to delete the footage from the second camera.

But only because they were too busy beating the first man to even notice he was recording.

It was the typical textbook cop beatdown we’ve come to expect from the Blue Mafia with one cop yelling “stop resisting” to a non-resisting citizen crying out in pain as another cop sics a dog on him and another cop kicks him in the face.

Lael Queen was charged with obstruction of justice, resisting arrest and charging an officer. He said was just doing his laundry at a public laundromat after having recorded the cops when they confronted him.

According to the Trentonian:

Before Queen was rounded up, he was standing on the corner near Kirkbride Avenue 10 to 15 feet away from the officers filming on his phone the alleged assault of the woman when one of the cops told him he was interfering with an investigation.

“I told them I’m not interfering with anything,” he said Monday. “I’m just videotaping y’all beating up this girl, which is my right.”

After leaving the laundromat briefly and then returning for his belongings, he was again confronted by the cops shortly before the alleged attack on him began as he was carrying his clean clothes.

The video shows cops kicking and sorting through his clothes at the scene after Queen is arrested.

The 31-year-old was taken to the hospital, where he remained until early Saturday morning, when he was transported to Trenton police lockup.

The mechanic said he was in custody for 10 hours before being released. He is charged with obstruction of justice, resisting arrest and charging an officer.

On Monday morning, Queen pleaded not guilty to the charges in Trenton municipal court.

Queen claims the authorities confiscated his phone and erased the video of police beating up the woman before giving him back the device.

But he is still trying to retrieve that video from his phone,

Trentonian reporter David Foster has been doing a good job on keeping on top of this story, already haven written two stories, the first one where he goes into the abusive history of the local police department while mentioning the department and city is under new leadership.

In an eerily similar case, the city paid $80,000 in October to settle a lawsuit from a state worker who was allegedly roughed up by several city cops when he refused to turn over his cell phone.

The Trentonian previously reported Neal Costanzo, a state Department of Community Affairs employee, was taking pictures with his cell phone of Trenton cops arresting a 55-year-old woman in a wheelchair, who allegedly verbally abused and physically attacked a NJ Transit bus driver.

After police confiscated phones of several other bystanders and deleted photos of the woman’s arrest, Costanzo was taken to the ground and roughed up by several officers for failing to comply.

Costanzo, who was 31 at the time, eventually offered up the phone, but he was taken to police headquarters and then released after he was issued a summons for obstruction.

Last June, a 20-year-old recorded audio of a police officer allegedly punching him in the face after asking the officer for his badge number.

“That’s my (expletive) badge number right there,” the cop says in the recording. “Shut the (expletive) up.”

In February 2012, video from La Guira Bar captured city police officers allegedly using excessive force in two arrests.

There is a civil lawsuit against the city and the Trenton Police Department for the actions of the officers that night. Officer Nidia Colon is also facing criminal official misconduct charges for her role in one arrest.

In December 2012, Steven Jennette ended up in a coma for two days after being taken into custody by Trenton police.

Jennette remembers being punched and sprayed with pepper spray by city police before waking up at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton.

Just Friday, Mayor Eric Jackson heard a complaint during his visit to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen from a resident that alleged cops were verbally abusive toward him.

Jackson, who was just sworn in on July 1, said he has concerns about the allegations and expects police officers to act professionally while on duty.

On Monday, Jackson said he is in the process of investigating the Queen incident.

“It would be premature for me to speak to it until all the facts are in,” he said in a statement. “As I have consistently said, I am committed to ensuring that everyone — from our police officers to members of our community — work together to make Trenton a safer city and every incident involving law enforcement will be judged by that metric.”

Acting Police Director Ernest Parrey Jr., whom Jackson appointed the day he was sworn in, did not return a message seeking comment.

The Trenton Police Department has obviously operated under the assumption that nobody outside its community would care how it acts, so a few lawsuits here and there wouldn’t really didn’t make a difference to them, considering it’s not their money they’re dishing out.

But now that things have changed because of citizen videos and the internet, we can let the new mayor and police director know we are paying attention.

The new director, Ernest Parrey Jr., can be reached at 609-989-4055.

The new mayor, Eric Jackson, can be reached at 609-989-3030. Here is their Facebook page and more numbers can be found here.

Jackson wasted no time in replacing the top brass at the police department upon taking office.

But now we’ll see if he will continue cleaning house until they have a clean house or if he was only replacing one gang with another.


Lael Queen’s leg after police sicced a dog on him after he had recorded them beating another woman. Photo via The Trentonian.


About Carlos Miller

Carlos Miller is founder and publisher of Photography is Not a Crime, which began as a one-man blog in 2007 to document his trial after he was arrested for photographing police during a journalistic assignment. He is also the author of The Citizen Journalist's Photography Handbook, which can be purchased through Amazon.

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  • stunk bear

    How can anyone draw any conclusions from this video ?

    • Carlos_Miller

      We are drawing conclusions from the deleted video as funny as that may sound to you.

      • stunk bear

        What deleted video ? Have you seen it ? Has it been posted ?

        • Rail Car Fan

          Well, here’s another one who thinks “Cops Can Do NO Wrong”!

          Rail Car Fan

    • Charlie

      When you have that many cops standing casually around an arrestee, there can be little to no justification for infliction of such severe pain as you hear in the video.
      That is, unless, you believe violence is the answer to such situations.

    • FitzND

      Police force with a history of violence beats up man while shouting the patented brutality slogan: “stop resisting.” You don’t even need the back story to draw conclusions from this video. The fact that the back story is that the man being beaten was himself filming another beating before his beating for said filming elevates this story from just run-of-the-mill police brutality into something larger. The man is likely to get a gigantic payday, the cop will face minimal punishment, and you’ll be reading this story again from the same town within the next year.

    • inquisitor

      It took place in the hellhole cesspit called New Jersey…

      …that is about all I need to know.

      • jcfromnj

        Not only that, but Trenton PD is saying FUCK YOU Supreme Court, well will delete anything we want to delete.
        I knew things were getting too quite to be true.

        • LREKing

          People who are going to record need to upload to the cloud simultaneously. Nothing should be lost.

  • scruffylookingnerfherder

    I think every time a cop says “stop resisting” they should lose $1000 in pay, unless the suspect is clearly resisting.

    It’s like the “terror color chart”. It means nothing, and is used only for bullshit.

    • Tijuana Joe

      Don’t you ever criticize the Terror Color Chart, my friend.
      If I hadn’t changed my picnic plans when it changed from chartreuse to green
      I wouldn’t be here today.

      • DickVanstone

        Nice anecdotal evidence of you wetting your pants.

  • Mike Ross

    Can I be a little cheeky and post a semi off-topic request?

    Here’s a slogan: “Sometimes, the most important place for a camera to be is exactly where it’s NOT wanted”.

    Anyone got any suggestions for an image to go with the slogan? Preferably an arresting, historic well-known photograph. Thanks!

    • Jim Holmes

      Rodney King beating in Los Angeles.

      • Mike Ross

        That’s a great example of the kind of thing I mean, but it’s a video not a photograph… I’m thinking more iconic photos like…

        • dravo1

          Just think of the impact if the whole incident was recorded on color video back then. Historic.

          • LREKing

            True, but also true that we weren’t drowning in media 24/7 back then.

    • Charlie

      Coffins draped in US flags being loaded into the back of military planes. Of course I’m thinking about Bush’s suspension of the 1st Amendment when it came to photographing fallen US service people killed in Iraq. And I mean no disrespect to those service people. I mean every dialect to the criminal Bush.

      • Charlie

        I meant, every disrespect to Bush.
        Why is he still walking free.

        • Dolt

          Because those who could, or would, prosecute him are perpetuating the exact same crimes today tenfold.

          • LREKing


    • Fedup

      I assume the girls’ locker room isn’t one of those “sometimes” important places?

  • joisey boy

    This is from the state that Governor Chirsty had his own lawyer investigate him and find him innocent.

    • jcfromnj

      Joisey, that’s called “jersey justice” for the lack of a better phrase.

      • Rail Car Fan

        Is that anything like “Chicago Coverup”..!..?

        Rail Car Fan

        • jcfromnj

          Actually, it’s an offshoot of “you may beat the rap, but you won’t beat the ride” referring to the ride in the back of the Squad Car LOL on that …

    • liar for hire

      Much like the police Internal Affairs Department.

  • Tim LeVier

    I use iPhone, so I submitted this enhancement request on

    Enhancement: Build into the security settings an option that doesn’t allow a video to be deleted without a password. When enabled, the user can also choose to enable Touch ID, but it’s important that Touch ID could also be disabled and force a full password for deletion.

    • Kyle W

      If you have a lock on your iPhone, and instead of logging in, you swipe the picture in the bottom-right upwards, you can access your phone, and it will only be available until you go back to the lock screen (hit home, hit the button on top). Not quite the same, I know, but partially works.

  • anan

    Qik got shutdown. What app do you guys use on android to upload/stream your videos to the web as you record them? I know there are a few apps that upload your videos AFTER you record them, but I’m looking for an app that uploads the video AS you record, like Qik used to do.

    • jcfromnj

      I think the way to go on this is a Raspberry Pi mod. There are video capture attachment that will do everything your Iphone does, and all the advantages of being a programmable based mini computer with an OS SD card. You could trick it out to do almost anything you want. Just purchased a PI and the Video Module. You could disguise this as anything.

      • anan

        Yeah, not as handy as my cellphone for videoing an emergency situation. The Pi system would be more helpful for secretly videoing some special event that you know is going to happen in advance. Thanks for the tip though.

        • jcfromnj

          It’s my back up. Use a cheap cell phone and do the real time wifi hot spot upload with the PI. I have it concealed in an old Bible that was hollowed out. It has a lock and key strap. It’s amazing how even the cops that are confronting me, will never even pick up that Bible. It’s just Digital SOCIAL ENGINEERING. Certain objects have subconscious importance, that really don’t exist…. like snakes and spiders……

          • anan

            What app do you use on the phone to upload to the Pi? Why couldn’t you simply upload to an online server instead?

    • oddFellow
      • anan

        Thank you! I don’t know why I didn’t come across this in my research.

    • Guests

      Contact Carlos and join our recommendation that the staff put together a comprehensive list of tools for this and other purposes (streaming, remote storage, encryption..) and maintain it as needed. We believe it should be a permanent front page source of information for everyone that accesses the site.

      There are any number of ways he could monetize the content of that report into a steady revenue stream for PINAC.

      • Rail Car Fan

        While at the same time Carlos could contact these various business’s and see if they wanted to advertise on his web site.

        Rail Car Fan

    • Rezist2Exist


    • Voice-Of-Concern

      handy even if you are not in NYC

  • Guest


  • Joe Random

    PhotoRec is free software that’s very good at recovering deleted files. People should be directed to if they want to recover photos or video from an Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, or SD card. Unfortunately, iPhone seems to require non-free software right now.

    • LREKing

      Yeah, but does it keep your phone from being confiscated, lost, or “accidentally” damaged? Streaming to the cloud has to be the way to go.

    • jcfromnj

      All the more reason to go to Linux based platforms…..

  • Christopher Shepard

    Contact LT Van at 609 989 4151, he was the person I was redirected to regarding this matter.

  • Ordinary Citizen

    Just another chapter for the urban legends about a typical day on Martin Luther King Boulevard.

  • LREKing

    “stop resisting” = “why are you hitting yourself?”

  • Marcus Antonius

    Please keep in mind that the Judges in these cases are also guilty of supporting this police criminality. You can bet 100% that the the cases being brought in front of these judges are similar and that the repeated similarity is quite enough evidence of Police Corruption. It is also evidence of Judge corruption if they are not standing against this repeated violence from the police. So don’t let the Court off the hook either.

  • G

    When you have so many cops just standing around an arrestee, you wonder why are some of them taking so long to get back on patrol? I saw a Youtube video of about 20 Japanese motor cyle cops milling around a car for 20 to 30 minutes before deciding to take action to pull the driver out of his car and then spent another 20 minutes before going back on patrol

    • A Default

      Why be in a rush when you are getting time and a half for overtime? You call your buddies over so they can also enjoy ass raping the taxpayer

  • kraz

    Ah, New Jersey. My home state. Land of vicious, crooked, lying thug cops and not so free people.

    • jcfromnj

      kraz: come on back home bro for the battle….

      • kraz

        I may do that at some point. I’ve been looking at a couple job openings there. It would be hard leaving the “live free or die” state, though. It’s grown on this libertarian. Also, I refuse to ask permission to own my guns.

  • Ed

    There is reason that I’m 100% sure that the two pictured here: were not involved.