Mistrial for ex-police chief charged with hate crime assault on handcuffed black teen

A jury in the trial of a former New Jersey police chief accused of assaulting a handcuffed black teen because of “intense racial animus” has deadlocked on federal hate crime assault and civil rights deprivations charges. The same jury convicted former Bordentown Township Police Chief Frank Nucera Jr. of lying to the FBI about the case on Wednesday.

Nucera was among several officers who responded to the Bordentown hotel, where Stroye had been accused of swimming in the hotel’s pool without paying for a room. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Roohr said Stroye was handcuffed and not resisting arrest when Nucera grabbed the teen’s head “like a basketball” and shoved it into the door jam, making a “loud thud.”

The officer also recorded Nucera in November 2015 making racist comments while speaking about an African-American man he suspected of slashing the tires of a police vehicle, prosecutors say. Nucera allegedly said: “These n—- 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. I used to think about if I could shoot someone or not, I could do it, I’m tired of it.”

Prosecutors also presented a transcript of one of the recordings in which Nucera, during the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, called Donald Trump “the last hope for white people,” the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Article URL : https://www.cbsnews.com/news/frank-nucera-trial-mistrial-for-ex-police-chief-charged-with-hate-crime-assault-on-handcuffed-black-teen/

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