Facebook Video Allegedly Shows Police Beating In CNMI

Government declines to comment on post which appears to show officer hitting someone with a stick

By Bryan Manabat

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, ) – A video posted on Facebook showed a police officer, using what appeared to be a stick, repeatedly hitting someone on the ground near an overturned white sedan.

The incident happened on Friday night and was recorded by a witness using a smart phone.

“They’re… whacking him all out bro,” the person recording the incident could be heard saying on the video.

The Torres administration declined to comment, saying it wanted to get full details about the incident from the Department of Public Safety.

On Sunday morning, DPS said the incident is being investigated by the department’s internal affairs unit and the Office of the Attorney General’s Investigation Division, which is the lead agency in the ongoing investigation.

According to DPS, on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, at 10:15 p.m., a traffic police officer witnessed a white 2011 Toyota Yaris traveling at a high rate of speed in the northbound lane on Beach Road, Chalan Laulau near the mayor’s office.

The officer followed the vehicle which continued at a high rate of speed and passed three cars on the right shoulder near the Horiguchi Building while failing to respond to police sirens and emergency lights.

The car continued into Garapan, weaving in and out of the streets and almost striking pedestrians, DPS said.

The car then drove north on Pale Arnold Road with speeds of up to 100 miles an hour, passing the Bank of Hawaii, Puerto Rico toward the Sadog Tasi sharp curve, DPS added.

Police pursued the still speeding vehicle through Tanapag on Pale Arnold Road. The Yaris made several unsafe lane changes, almost causing accidents and nearly striking pedestrians before making a left turn from Pale Arnold Road onto Isa Drive and continuing east up As Terlaje Hill, DPS said.

The car then made a right turn south on Martinez Road and another right while speeding west on Tun Joaquin Road in Fina Sisu.

Police said the car continued to drive recklessly, weaving in and out of village streets in Chalan Kanoa to avoid pursuing police cars.

The car drove back up the hill, east on Tun Joaquin Road and then south to Koblerville where it lost control, struck an embankment and overturned near the old airport runway east of Hannam Market at about 10:55 p.m.

“The pursuit lasted about 40 minutes,” DPS spokesman Jason Tarkong said in a statement.

At 10:57 p.m., he added, police arrested two suspects: Vincent San Nicolas Norita, 31, the operator of the car being pursued and the passenger, Joe E. Ada, age 31.

Norita was arrested for multiple charges of reckless driving, speeding, and unsafe lane changes.

Ada was charged with possession of an illegal controlled substance.

In 2004, Norita was arrested for armed robbery.

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