SEE IT: New Jersey cop faces assault charges for using pepper spray on teens: prosecutors

A New Jersey police officer faces assault charges after an “unjustified” use of pepper spray on two young men was captured on video, prosecutors said.
Woodlynne cop Ryan Dubiel, 31, was charged Wednesday with two counts of simple assault, according to the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office. He has also been suspended without pay.
“Our Special Prosecutions Unit received the Internal Affairs complaint against Dubiel on June 5 and immediately began collecting all of the evidence to conduct a thorough and impartial review of the complaint,” acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer said in a statement.
“After careful review, it was clear Dubiel’s actions are not consistent with the State of New Jersey use-of-force policy,” she said.
On June 4, Dubiel and another officer approached a group of young people hanging out on a front porch on Parker Ave., according to ABC 6 News. They said they were there because of a call claiming someone was smoking marijuana.
"Officer walked up talking about 'we have a call for marijuana,' but nobody had marijuana on them,'" James Horn, 16, told the news outlet.
Another teen told the officers he would call his brother, who is his guardian, Horn said. This can be heard on shaky cellphone video posted to Another person is also heard saying “no, no, no, no, no.”
Then the video shows Dubiel taking out pepper spray and firing it directly at one of the teens who is sitting on the brick railing of the porch. No one in the video approaches the officer before he used the potent chemical.
“So this is what y’all do now to innocent people?” a female is heard saying in the video.
Dubiel joined the Woodlynne police 10 months ago, and previously worked at eight other departments, authorities said.
“This officer, who has worked for nine different police departments, is a strong example of why we need a statewide licensing program for police officers,” Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal said in a statement. “Just as we license doctors, nurses, and lawyers, we must ensure that all officers meet baseline standards of professionalism, and that officers who fail to meet those standards cannot be passed from one police department to another while posing a threat to the public and other officers.”

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