The former police chief in New Jersey who once called President Trump “the last hope for white people,” is currently on trial on a federal hate-crime charge after he allegedly slammed a black teenager’s head into a doorjamb.
What We Know:
- Last week a recording was played in court by prosecutors in an effort to show that the alleged attack from September 2016 by Nucera on an 18-year-old black man at a Ramada Hotel in Bordertown, N.J, was motivated by Nucera’s “intense racial animus,” according to NYTimes.
- On Friday, Nucera testified that he and another officer had taken Timothy Stroye and his girlfriend into custody after a struggle with both of them. Police were initially dispatched for a report that the couple were swimming in the pool and had not paid their bill.
- Nucera Jr. referred to African Americans as “you people” and said they should stay out of the South Jersey community, a fellow officer told a jury Friday during Nucera’s federal hate-crime assault trial.
- In Sgt. Nathan Roohr’s testimony, he stated, “As Nucera escorted Stroye in the hallway he slammed his head into a metal door jamb like a basketball.”
Said Sgt. Guido about the alleged use of excessive force in the Nucera trial: “It was uncalled for. It’s embarrassing.” Guido said he didn’t report the assault against a handcuffed suspect because he feared retaliation by Nucera.
— Melanie Burney (@MLBURNEY) September 27, 2019
- “Prosecutors allege that Nucera regularly expressed racial animus against black people casually using the N-word and comparing African Americans to ISIS. Roohr said Nucera ordered him to use his K-9 to intimidate blacks at school sporting events,” according to Inquirer.
If Nucera is convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. He would also forfeit his 8,800-a-month pension.