A tragedy was averted when Jersey City police won a struggle after an accused drug dealer yanked an officer’s expandable nightstick from the officer’s belt in the emergency room of the Jersey City Medical Center, authorities said.
Authorities said that Derrick Beverly, 37, of Jersey City, attacked two police officers while he was being arrested on drug charges Tuesday morning, but his rampage against police was far from over. At the hospital a short time later, JCMC personnel asked that Beverly be released from his handcuffs “that he could sign paperwork and use the bathroom,” police said.
When he came out of the bathroom Beverly attacked two other officers, pulling one’s shirt over his head and grabbing his expandable nightstick, police said. The second officer in the ER grabbed Beverly’s hand and the nightstick fell to the floor as Berverly scuffled with the police.
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