From [WeirtonDaily] and [WashPost] A racist police chief in New Jersey slammed a handcuffed young black man’s head against a metal doorjamb and one of his officers recorded him making a series of racist comments, according to a federal indictment announced.
Frank Nucera, who retired as Bordentown Township police chief while under FBI investigation in January, was charged with civil rights and hate crime charges.
According to court documents, Nucera approached 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 in September 2016.
Nucera had a history of making racist comments and used police dogs to intimidate African-Americans, including stationing them at high school basketball games to intimidate black fans, prosecutors said.
Nucera, who also served as township administrator for Bordentown ─ which is 76 percent white, and 9 percent black — retired in February, after the federal investigation began. He made $151,418 at the time, and is now receiving $8,832 a month in retirement benefits, according to state pension records. [MORE]
One of his police officers secretly recorded Nucera’s comments over the course of a year because prosecutors said he was “increasingly alarmed by (Nucera’s) racist remarks and hostility toward African Americans.” Prosecutors said that some of them “contain extremely offensive racist comments” by Nucera.
In one of the recordings outlined by prosecutors, Nucera said of African Americans that he was “tired of them” and “it’s getting to the point where I could shoot one.”
In November 2015, for example, when he was talking to a subordinate officer about an African American man he believed to have slashed the tires of a police vehicle, Nucera said, “I wish that n‑‑‑‑‑ would come back from Trenton and give me a reason to put my hands on him, I’m tired of ’em. These n‑‑‑‑‑s are like ISIS, they have no value. They should line them all up and mow ’em down. I’d like to be on the firing squad, I could do it,” according to the complaint.
Mayor Steve Benowitz, who is also a racist suspect, added a statement of his own, saying that the charges "are limited to one person and are not indicative" of the police force or township "as a whole."
The crux of the federal case focuses on the night of Sept. 1, 2016, when two Bordentown officers were called to a hotel on a complaint that a teen-aged couple ─ a boy, 18, and a girl, 16, both black ─ hadn't paid for their room and were swimming in the hotel pool. During questioning, the boy tussled with the officers, who pepper sprayed him and called for backup. Several other officers arrived, including Nucera and the unidentified officer who'd been secretly recording him, according to the complaint.
As officers arrested the boy and led him from the hotel to a patrol car in handcuffs, he stopped walking. Though he was not kicking or struggling, Nucera approached, grabbed the teen’s head and slammed it into a metal door jamb When the boy complained, Nucera hit him in the head with his arm, according to the complaint.
The officers involved described the incident to investigators, though one said he did not report it initially because he feared retaliation from Nucera. The teen initially asked to go to the hospital, complaining of a possible concussion, but ultimately changed his mind and was jailed, according to the complaint.
Speaking about the couple and the girl's aunt, who'd shown up at the scene of the arrest, Nucera went on a tirade frequently used racial slurs and profanity.
He was arrested Wednesday on charges of committing a hate crime and violating the 18-year-old suspect's civil rights by using excessive force. The charges carry a maximum of 10 years in prison.
Nucera was released on unsecured $500,000 bond and ordered to give up all of his guns and avoid contact with any potential victims or witnesses in the case ─ except his son, who is an officer on the force.
"The nobility of police officers is rooted in their selfless commitment to protect our communities and their pledge to honor our constitutional values," William Fitzpatrick, the acting U.S. Attorney in New Jersey, said in a statement. "As chief of the Bordentown Township Police Department, the defendant dishonored the profession by doing neither."