Retired New Jersey Police Chief Charged With Hate Crime
Bordentown Township police chief, Frank Nucera Jr., who is a retired New Jersey police chief, was charged with a federal hate crime after he assaulted and took a black teen into custody last year.
Facts of the Case
It was said that the cop assaulted the teenager when he was assigned the case of unpaid hotel fees. The cop slammed an 18-year-old male’s head against a doorjamb and struck him in the back of his neck. It was a clear hate-filled assault as he took him to the vehicle, dragging and beating the teen almost the entire way.
Everyone knew that it was a hate crime when another cop present at the scene recorded the chief making racist remarks. He could be heard saying in the recording, “I’m f——-g tired of them, man. I’ll tell you what, it’s gonna get to the point where I could shoot one of these m——rf——-s. And that n——r b—-h lady, she almost got it.”
The cop who recorded Nucera’s racist remarks:
- Was involved in recording his wrongdoing for a year as, according to him, it is not rare for Nucera to use racial slurs against Black individuals
- Reported after gathering proof against him.
- Argued that this event illustrates how the beating of the teenager over hotel fees was a hate crime.
An Official Statement
A statement by U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick Fitzpatrick included, “The tone in which [Nucera] conducted himself and in what’s charged is one of the most disturbing and disgusting events I’ve seen in over 20 years in law enforcement. The people who are most disgusted by it are members of the New Jersey law enforcement community because this defendant made their jobs much harder.”
Nucera was retired in January this year and if convicted, he will spend 20 years in jail on the hate crime charge.
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