Ex-New Jersey Police Chief On Trial For Hate Crime

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An ex-New Jersey Police Chief, who is on trial for federal hate-crime assault charges, was recorded using the n-word and saying Trump “is the last hope for white people.” 

“I’m telling you, you know what, Donald Trump is the last hope for white people, ‘cause Hillary [Clinton] will give it to all the minorities to get a vote,” former Bordentown, NJ, Police Chief Frank Nucera Jr. could be heard saying in an audio recording from 2017, reports NJ.com

He was recorded by fellow officer Sgt. Nathan Roohr, a K-9 officer from the Mount Holly, NJ, Police Department, reports NJ.com. 

“That’s the truth! I’m telling you,” Frank added in the recording. 

Roohr is the star witness in the hate-crime assault case against Frank, and first testified on Monday (September 23) about how the former police chief grabbed the head of a handcuffed Black teen suspect, 18-year-old Timothy Stroye, “like a basketball” and slammed it into a metal door jamb at a hotel on September 1, 2016. 

“Frank Nucera lunged his hand forward, grabbed Mr. Stroye, the side of his head like a basketball, and slammed it into the metal doorjamb as he entered the doorway,” Roohr testified. 

“I immediately knew it was wrong. I knew I had an obligation to report it. This was an obvious excessive force,” Roohr added. 

The incident took place at the Ramada Hotel in Bordentown after the Trenton teen was accused of not paying his bill. Nucera was also charged with civil rights violations and lying to the FBI, NJ.com reports.

The recording of Nucera making the Trump comments took place after the teen’s arrest in which the former police chief can be heard saying he was “so tired of them,” referring to Storye’s family. 

“I’ll tell you what, it’s gonna get to the point where I could shoot one of these [expletives],” Frank said in the audio Roohr secretly recorded at the police station, which was played for the jury in court. 

On April 30, 2016, Nucero was heard on audio directing another officer to walk a police dog through the projects to “let these f*****g moolies see him. Let ‘em see him. I don’t care,” according to the complaint, NJ.com reports. 

Other recordings captured Nucera comparing Black people to ISIS and using other racial slurs, according to NJ.com. 

Roohr, a 16-year veteran, worked with the FBI to catch Nucera on audio by telling him a fake story that the Stroye family planned on suing the police department. He began recording Nucera’s reaction to the cover story, which Roohr and the FBI concocted together. 

Another officer, Shawn Mount, who was present during the Sept. 1, 2017 incident with the teen, said he was in the “fight of his f***ing life” while trying to arrest Stroye, a quote Nucera’s attorney, Rocco Cipparone, used in his opening remarks.  

Roohr brought up the alleged head slam while secretly recording Nucera and said the family recorded the incident on video, according to NJ.com. 

“If they took that video and screen-shotted it with your hand on his head that’s ugly,” Roohr said in the audio. 

“Remember they’re the ones that started the fight and hurt Shawn, and Shawn went to the hospital,” Nucera could be heard saying in the audio recording. “He was resisting.” 

Nucera also went on to comment on how other police departments — Springfield and Mansfield — also responded to the incident “cause of six unruly f***ing [n-word]s,” according to NJ.com. 

Experts say the case is unusual because Roohr broke the “blue wall of silence,” the Philadelphia Inquirer reports

Cipparone suggested there was a concerted effort to get Nucera off the force by officers dissatisfied with his overtime policies and disciplinary actions, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. 

Frank resigned as Bordentown police chief in Feb. 2017 when he learned the FBI was investigating him, Nj.com reports. 

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, if convicted, Nucera faces up to 20 years in prison and will forfeit his $8,800 a month pension. He is currently free on bond.  

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