CLIFTON, N.J. -- A 13-year-old Passaic girl threw a rock that hit a Clifton police officer in the head during a June arrest, said detectives who took her into custody.
A juvenile delinquency complaint charges the teen with aggravated assault, inciting a riot and weapons offenses, Detective Lt. Robert Bracken said Tuesday.
Police who responded to a Highland Avenue dispute were trying to arrest a belligerent man on June 25 when someone from the crowd flung the rock, Bracken said.
The 19-year-old man had stood on top of a car and refused to cooperate -- aggravating the situation by inciting people, the lieutenant said.
Officers were unable to diffuse the situation despite several tries and then attempted to arrest him, he said.
A struggled ensued, as he and officers hit the ground -- at which point someone threw the rock, he said.
A $2,000 reward was offered during the investigation.
"We would like to thank the mayor and City Council, as well as the community as a whole, for their support," Bracken said. "This type of behavior will not be tolerated, and those responsible will be sought and charged accordingly."
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