- Associated Press - Friday, January 23, 2015

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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