N.J. troopers repeatedly slammed Kenwin Garcia to ground during fatal ’08 incident, records show

N.J. troopers repeatedly slammed Kenwin Garcia to ground during fatal ’08 incident, records show

TRENTON — A Newark man who died in 2008 after a roadside struggle with State Police troopers was repeatedly slammed to the ground by those restraining him, newly obtained records show, a greater use of force than previously disclosed.

The records also reveal the primary trooper involved did not remember any training from the State Police academy or annual in-service sessions on dealing with mentally ill people, and never suspected the man, Kenwin Garcia, may have been mentally ill.

Those details and more were included in a deposition of the trooper, Victor Pereira, in 2012 as part of a civil wrongful death lawsuit filed by Garcia’s family against the State Police and Hanover Township, which dispatched officers to the scene.

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