A routine traffic stop in Union County ended in critical injuries and accusations of police brutality after the 61-year-old mother of the driver attempted to intervene during the stop.
Reports say the driver, Fortunato Riga, was being pulled from his vehicle by a Clark officer after he was stopped for running a red light when his mother, Antoinette Dilorio, attempted to intervene. Police say Dilorio jumped on the officer’s back, but the family says that’s not true, according to NorthJersey.com.
“All of a sudden he grabbed my mother in law by the arm, lifted her off her feet in mid-air and slammed her on the ground. All you saw was blood pouring out of her face,” the driver’s fiance, Crystal Palmieri told ABC 7 New York.