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The Bobster
11-01-2017, 10:56 AM
http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Bordentown-Township-Police-Chief-Black-Suspect-Hate-Crime-Allegations-454445223.html

Former Bordentown Police Chief Accused of Hate Crime, Excessive Force Toward Handcuffed Black Man
By Brian X. McCrone
Published 3 hours ago | Updated 43 minutes ago

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Former Bordentown Township Police Chief Frank Nocera.


The former police chief of a Burlington County, New Jersey, township was accused of civil rights and hate crime charges Wednesday for an incident that involved a handcuffed young black man.

Frank Nucera Jr., who is white, retired suddenly as chief of Bordentown Township in January while under FBI investigation. In announcing the charges, U.S. Attorney Williams Fitzpatrick alleged that Nucera "harbored an intense racial animus toward African Americans." :eek:

"The defendant dishonored the profession," Fitzpatrick said.

In the federal complaint, Nucera, 60, allegedly attacked the 18-year-old from behind and slammed his head into a doorjamb while the suspect was being escorted by two officers from a hotel. :p

Fitzpatrick said the investigation into Nucera came about because of subordinates in the Bordentown police department.

"This is a crime identified by the Bordentown Township police department by officers in that police department," he said.

The FBI's special agent in charge for New Jersey, Tim Gallagher, who oversaw the investigation, said the allegations are not representative of the vast majority of police officers in the Garden State.

But, he added, no one gets to enforce the law as they choose.

"Badges and guns do not come with authority to violate the constitution," Gallagher said.

The criminal complaint alleges that Nucera used numerous racial slurs to describe black suspects :eek: and ordered the racially discriminatory use of police dogs to intimidate them. :eek:

Audio recordings allegedly capture some of the racist comments by Nucera.

Nucera was scheduled to make an initial appearance in federal court on one count of hate crime assault and one count of deprivation of civil rights under the color of law.

Each count comes with a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

The Bobster
09-16-2019, 11:01 AM
https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Civil-Rights-Hate-Crime-Trial-of-Ex-Police-Chief-to-Open-Frank-Nucera-560341011.html

Civil Rights, Hate Crime Trial of NJ Ex-Police Chief to Open
Prosecutors say one of Nucera's police officers secretly recorded his comments over the course of a year out of concern about his views
Published Sep 15, 2019 at 12:39 PM

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday for the federal trial of a white former New Jersey police chief accused of slamming a handcuffed black man's head into a doorjamb.

Once a jury is empaneled, opening statements are expected Friday in the civil rights and hate crime trial of 62-year-old Frank Nucera, former Bordentown Township police chief.

Prosecutors allege that he approached the 18-year-old prisoner from behind in September 2016 and smashed his head into a doorjamb while the suspect was being escorted by two officers from a hotel. :p

They allege a fellow officer then recorded him making a series of derogatory comments in which he used a racial slur. :mad:

Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick said the man wasn't endangering the officers and that assault was driven by "racial hatred," on the part of Nucera, who retired in January 2017 amid an FBI investigation.

He faces charges of hate crime assault, deprivation of civil rights and lying to FBI agents.

Prosecutors say one of Nucera's police officers secretly recorded his comments over the course of a year because, they say, he was "increasingly alarmed by (Nucera's) racist remarks and hostility toward African Americans." :eek:

Defense attorney Rocco Cipparone Jr., who tried unsuccessfully to block jurors from hearing what he called "rogue recordings," acknowledged that they contain "inflammatory language" but said there was no admission to roughing up the suspect.

"I'm confident the government will not prove its case," he said earlier this week.

Prosecutors also allege that Nucera, who also served as a township administrator before retiring, used police dogs to intimidate African-Americans, including stationing them at high school basketball games to intimidate black fans. :D

Bordentown is a predominantly white town of about 11,000 a few miles from New Jersey's majority African American capital city of Trenton.