Jury deadlocks in ex-Bordentown police chief's hate-crime trial

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A federal jury has deadlocked in the trial of a white former Bordentown police chief charged with a hate crime against a handcuffed black suspect.

A judge declared a mistrial Friday after jurors couldn't reach a verdict on hate crime assault and deprivation of civil rights charges.

The jury had convicted Frank Nucera of lying to the FBI on Wednesday.

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Authorities alleged Nucera smashed the 18-year-old's head into a doorjamb while he was being escorted by two officers from a hotel in 2016. They said the assault was driven by racial hatred.

Nucera's attorney argued that some officers wanted to get rid of Nucera because of his tough disciplinary policies.

The U.S. attorney's office said Friday it would retry Nucera on the two deadlocked counts.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

 

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