Tauqeer Boyd, 22, the man allegedly seen in the video shot Saturday night, appeared to relieve himself on the marked police vehicle parked outside the CityPlex 12 movie theater, the Newark Department of Public Safety said in a statement. Boyd was arrested at his home just hours after citizens alerted police to the video.
“We absolutely will not tolerate disrespect of our police,” said Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose. “We take this as a personal insult. When our department became aware of this, we moved quickly to apprehend the suspect.”
Boyd was charged with lewdness, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct, police said.
The West Orange native was previously arrested in October for burglarizing a police cruiser parked outside Hoboken Police headquarters, police said. Boyd and another man had rummaged through the car, throwing two summons books on the ground and unzipping a Narcan kit.
Ambrose said that the public bringing the video to the attention of police shows that “mutual respect” between authorities and citizens of Newark is building.
“The public wants to be respected and wants the police to be respected, too,” he said. “This was not only an insult to us, but a quality of life issue. Newark residents want us to enforce the law and improve the quality of life in the city.”