The former police chief of a small township in New Jersey has been arrested on federal hate crime and civil rights charges, according to The Washington Post.
The Post on Wednesday reported that Frank Nucera Jr., 60, had been chief of the Bordentown Township Police Department before his arrest.
Federal authorities described a pattern of racist behavior and remarks from Nucera in a criminal complaint from his case that was unsealed Wednesday.
The case was filed in federal district court in New Jersey, and the allegations against Nucera are notable for the explicit racism they show in a law enforcement leader.
The complaint alleges that Nucera frequently called African-Americans by racial slurs and espoused violence against them.
One example from November 2015 details Nucera talking to a subordinate officer about an African-American man thought to have slashed the tires of a police vehicle.
“I wish that n----r would come back from Trenton and give me a reason to put my hands on him, I’m tired of ‘em,” he said, according to the complaint.
“These n-----s are like ISIS, they have no value,” Nucera continued, referencing the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
“They should line them all up and mow ‘em down. I’d like to be on the firing squad, I could do it.”
Federal authorities said that Nucera retired from the Bordentown Township Police Department shortly after New Jersey’s attorney general was informed of the probe into him.
Nucera is also accused of physical violence that occurred during an incident at a Ramada hotel in September 2016.
The hotel manager called police to report that two African-American teens – one an 18-year-old man and the other a 16-year-old girl – had failed to pay for a room the night before.
The pair were swimming in the hotel pool, and, according to the complaint, resisted arrest when officer arrives.
One of the responding officers pepper-sprayed the 18-year-old, and both teens were ultimately handcuffed and taken into custody.
The complaint said that several minutes later, the man briefly stopped and started yelling as officers were walking him to a stairwell.
Nucera approached, grabbed the 18-year-old’s head, and slammed it into a metal door jamb, according to the complaint.
The complaint added that the man originally asked to visit the hospital, complaining he had a possible concussion.
The man ultimately changed his mind, according to the complaint, and he was later jailed following the incident.