Trump was labelled 'the last hope for white people' by former police chief on trial for hate crime
The former officer had also expressed concerns that Hillary Clinton "will give it to all the minorities" if she becomes the president.
A former New Jersey police chief, currently on trial for hate crime for slamming a black teenager's head into a door frame, reportedly called Donald Trump "the last hope for white people" shortly before the 2016 presidential election. The 62-year-old, identified as Frank Nucera, had also expressed concerns that Hillary Clinton "will give it to all the minorities" if she becomes the president.
Nucera's controversial comments were recorded in secret by a colleague at the Township Police Department in New Jersey and the tape was played at his trial on Monday. The former police chief resigned from the department in February 2017 after he was informed that the FBI was probing his "significant history" of alleged racist behavior.
Nucera was subsequently charged with a federal hate crime, deprivation of a suspect’s rights and making false statements to the bureau. The charges against him came in connection with an arrest in September 2016 of an 18-year-old black man who had wrongly been accused of not paying for a hotel room. Reports state that two officers were escorting the handcuffed teenager into a police car when Nucera allegedly approached from behind and slammed the teen's head into a metal door frame.
According to prosecutors, the incident was motivated by Nucera's "intense racial animus" as they documented in court a series of racist comments made by the former police chief. Nucera is said have used the N-word repeatedly while conversing with his colleagues and once told an officer that African-Americans should be lined up and executed, according to NewJersey.com.
A transcript of another recording made during the arrest of another black suspect in 2016 stated that Nucera, while addressing an officer, said: "I’m telling you, you know what, Donald Trump is the last hope for white people, because Hillary will give it to all the minorities to get a vote. That’s the truth. I’m telling you."
Reports state that a criminal complaint filed in the New Jersey federal district court alleged that the former police chief told a colleague in 2015 that African-Americans were "like Isis, they have no value. They should line them all up and mow them down,” he said, according to the complaint, seen and reported in The New York Times.
The former police chief, if convicted, can face up to 20 years of imprisonment.