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Former police chief charged with hate crime

Published:Thursday | November 2, 2017 | 12:00 AM

CAMDEN, New Jersey (AP):

A white former New Jersey police chief charged with slamming a handcuffed black man's head into a metal doorjamb harboured an intense hatred towards black people and was recorded using slurs by an officer concerned about his behaviour, a federal prosecutor said yesterday.

Frank Nucera, who retired as Bordentown Township police chief while under FBI investigation in January, was arrested yesterday morning and charged with civil rights and hate crime charges.

He was scheduled to appear in court late yesterday, but his attorney wasn't immediately available for comment.

According to court documents, Nucera approached the 18-year-old from behind and smashed his head into a doorjamb while the suspect was being escorted by two officers from a hotel in September 2016.

A fellow officer then recorded him making a series of racist comments where he called the man a racial slur, according to a criminal complaint.