Inappropriate Use of Force by Bayonne Police Officer Results in Arrest

Bayonne police officer Dominick Lillo, 44, was arrested for inappropriate force during an arrest.  He was suspended without pay from the Bayonne police force and accused of excessive force and falsifying reports.

According to Maura Walsh, Brandon’s (victim) sister, Officer Lillo and his counterparts first sprayed mace on everyone, even her two children. Then while Brandon was in cuffs, Officer Lillo beat him in the face with a flashlight.

Records show this isn’t the first time allegations like these have been levied against Lillo. The city of Bayonne paid $100,000 to settle another claim back in 2007, where two men say they were beaten by Lillo and four others.

The Bayonne police department conducted an internal affairs investigation and said they’ve also been cooperating with the Hudson County Prosecutors Office. The use of excessive force carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, while falsifying records carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

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