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NEW JERSEY — A New Jersey police officer has been arrested on charges of assault and battery and other charges after allegedly beating an off-duty mall cop who was working at the mall on Tuesday, authorities said.
The officer, identified by authorities as William M. W. Lewis, 27, of the township of Stony Brook, was arraigned Thursday in Stonybrook Municipal Court on four counts of assault, three counts of battery, one count of official misconduct and one count each of disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.
A lawyer for Lewis did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment Thursday.
Lewis has been on the force for four years, police spokesman Sgt. Andrew M. Cappella said in a statement Thursday afternoon.
He is expected to appear in court in St. Paul, Minnesota, on June 10, Cappello said.
A lawyer for the officer, Robert E. DeAngelo, could not immediately be reached for comment.
Police Chief Mark Dutchess said Lewis was responding to a call of a “mall robbery.”
When the mall cop arrived at the scene, he observed Lewis and another man arguing about the location of the mall, Dutchss said.
The officer tried to calm the men down, but Lewis allegedly hit the cop in the face and kicked him in the stomach, Dutsons statement said.
Police did not identify the officers or say whether Lewis had a badge or gun.
Cappella did not specify what was alleged to have happened, saying he was not authorized to release information on the case.
Lewis’ arrest comes as other police departments have seen increases in complaints about police abuse.
In January, the city of Portland, Oregon, announced a plan to implement a “zero tolerance” policy against domestic violence against officers, but officers have said the program is not as strong as they’d like.
Portland Police Chief Greg Cassell said Wednesday that the city’s domestic violence program is on track to meet its goal, but he said that the police department will continue to have training on dealing with officers who abuse their power and are not trained to intervene when their partner is being violent.