Bordentown, New Jersey’s former police chief Frank Nucera Jr. left the force the beginning of this year shortly after a federal investigation began into incidents of reported racism. And now “prosecutors ” are charging Nucera with hate crimes and civil rights violations amid those reports.
While serving on the force, Nucera had a noted history with using racial slurs in reference to Black Americans, according to a federal grievance filed against Nucera. In one case, the complaint assertions Nucera purposefully used police puppies at Bordentown’s high school basketball games to frighten Black visitors. The grievance is largely stacked with indication from an anonymous police officer’s recordings after he became concerned with Nucera’s acts while on the force.
Prosecutors are largely focusing on a Sept. 1, 2016, incident in which Nucera applied excess force-out on a Black teen in handcuffs. According to the report, an 18 -year-old boy and a 16 -year-old girl refused to pay for a hotel chamber. The two teens subsequently got into a fight with two answering policemen, and after Nucera arrived on the scene, the complaint told me that he slammed the teen’s brain against a hotel doorjamb, then hit him again in the neck. An anonymous police officer’s recording cited in the complaint also demonstrates Nucera attaining racist commentaries against the teens in front of his fellow officers, repeatedly utilizing the N-word to describe both of them.
” I tell you what, it’s going to get to the point where I could shoot one of these motherfuckers ,” Nucera said in the recording, according to the Root.” And that n **** r bitch dame, she almost got it .”
That wasn’t the first time the police chief was recorded threatening to kill Black people, either.
” These n **** s are like ISIS, they have no value ,” he allegedly said after apprehending a Black suspect in 2015, according to The Courier-Post .” They should line them all up and mow’ em all down. I’d like to be on the firing squad, I could do it .”
Federal examiners are taking the crimes severely. Acting U.S. Attorney for New Jersey William Fitzpatrick criticized Nucera on Wednesday, calling his actions” one of the most disturbing and disgusting events” he’s seen in law enforcement “over 20 years.”
” The people who are most disgusted by it are members of the New Jersey law enforcement community because this defendant made another job much harder ,” Fitzpatrick said, the Post reports.” That’s the legacy a bad cop leaves for the rest of enhanced enforcement community .”