Ex-police chief convicted of lying to FBI in assault case


CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) – A white former New Jersey police chief accused of slamming a handcuffed black man’s head into a doorjamb three years ago has been convicted of lying to the FBI.

After jurors announced the verdict Wednesday on one count in the federal trial of 62-year-old Frank Nucera, the judge sent them back to consider whether there was any possibility of verdicts on the remaining two counts.

Prosecutors allege that the former Bordentown Township police chief approached the 18-year-old prisoner from behind in September 2016 and smashed his head into a doorjamb as he was being escorted from a hotel. He was also charged with hate crime assault and deprivation of civil rights.

Nucera’s attorney has said other officers wanted to get rid of him because of his tough disciplinary policies.

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