Paterson Police Officer Charged with Violent Attack on Suspect

Passaic County authorities announced the arrest of Officer Spencer Finch, 44, of Mahwah. 

Paterson Police Officer Charged with Violent Attack on Suspect

Officials said on May 26, Finch, a Paterson Police Officer, committed aggravated assault by striking the victim in the face with his hand, hitting the victim multiple times with a flashlight, and kneeing the victim in the face.

The aggravated assault took place while the defendant was on duty and in uniform. The defendant then prepared, signed, and submitted a police report describing the incident that contained several false statements.

Officials said Finch is charged by way of complaint with one count of second-degree Official Misconduct, one count of second-degree Aggravated Assault, one count of third-degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose,  and one count of Tampering With Public Records or Information.

A first appearance will be held virtually tomorrow at the Passaic County Central Judicial Processing Court.

The State intends to file a motion for pre-trial detention that would be heard virtually before the Honorable Scott Rumana, J.S.C Wednesday, June 16, 2021. 

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