VIDEO: NJ Officer Charged with Slapping Man in Bunny Suit Blowing Air Horn in Station
A New Jersey police officer accused of slapping a man who was wearing a bunny costume and was blowing an air horn inside a police station has been charged with assault.
Hopatcong police officer Nicholas Maresca Jr. was charged on Friday with slapping Kevin Hemmerich on Nov. 17. He faces one count of simple assault, NBC Philadelphia reports.
The encounter between Maresca and Hemmerich was captured on a video shot by Hemmerich's brother. The video shows Hemmerich entering the Hopatcong police station and blowing the air horn repeatedly despite being told to stop.
Maresca's attorney, Anthony Iacullo, told NJ.com that Maresca "acted appropriately and in accordance with his training and experience as a police officer." He said Maresca would be vindicated.