NJ Officer Allegedly Slaps Bunny Suit-Clad Man Blaring Air Horn - NBC New York

NJ Officer Allegedly Slaps Bunny Suit-Clad Man Blaring Air Horn

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    A New Jersey police officer is facing an assault charge after allegedly slapping a man in a bunny suit. The officer is accused of slapping Kevin Hemmerich when Hemmerich showed up at the Hopatcong police station to turn himself in on a warrant related to a motor vehicle accident. Hemmerich came armed with an air horn, which he repeatedly set off. After several minutes of blasting the horn, the officer allegedly slapped him. (Published Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016)

    A New Jersey police officer accused of slapping a man who was wearing a bunny costume and blowing an air horn in a police station has been charged with assault.

    Hopatcong police Officer Nicholas Maresca Jr. faces one count of simple assault. He's charged with slapping Kevin Hemmerich on Nov. 17.

    In an email to NBC 4 New York, defense attorney Anthony Iacullo said Maresca "acted appropriately and in accordance with his training and experience.''

    "We are confident that Officer Maresca will be vindicated of the one charge against him when this case is addressed in a court of law," Iacullo wrote. 

    A video shot by Hemmerich's brother shows Hemmerich entering the police station and blowing an air horn repeatedly despite being told to stop.

    Brother Jason Hemmerich says two officers began cursing at them and one hit Kevin Hemmerich in the face. He say his brother was turning himself in on a warrant related to a motor vehicle accident.

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