NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A Bayonne police officer faces federal charges for allegedly using excessive force during an arrest.
The U.S. attorney’s office announced an indictment against Domenico Lillo on Friday.
The 44-year-old Bayonne resident is charged with deprivation of civil rights under color of law and falsification of records.
Lillo made a court appearance Friday and was released on $100,000 unsecured bond.
Prosecutors allege Lillo struck a handcuffed suspect with a flashlight at a Bayonne apartment in December 2013. They allege he also falsified a police report about the incident.
The excessive force count carries a maximum 10-year sentence upon conviction, while the charge of falsifying records carries a maximum 20-year sentence.
Lillo’s attorney didn’t immediately return a phone message Friday.
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