Man accused of punching Newark auxiliary bishop says he did it to protest police brutality

The man accused of punching a Newark auxiliary bishop in the face during a Mass last week says that he did it to protest the Catholic Church's involvement in police brutality cases.



Charles Miller appeared before a judge again Thursday. He is accused of punching the Rev. Manuel Cruz in the mouth during Mass on Jan. 28. The incident was caught on camera.



Cruz was not seriously injured.



Miller pleaded not guilty to the crime. 



He is being held in jail while a mental evaluation is performed.


sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."