A former Little Silver police officer now serving time for an attack on a handcuffed man in the borough police station did not get an unfair sentence, a New Jersey appeals court panel ruled Tuesday.
Steven Solari , 42, right, was sentenced to five years in prison in 2014 and ordered to forfeit his $91,000-a-year job and any future prospect for public employment after his conviction on four counts of official misconduct, simple assault and witness tampering.
A Little Silver police officer was charged with simple assault Friday following an alleged domestic violence incident in Sea Bright a day earlier, authorities tell redbankgreen.
Joseph Glynn, Jr., 26, was issued a summons in his hometown of Middletown for a disorderly persons violation after the purported victim reported the matter to police there, according to Charlie Webster, spokesman for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office.
A Little Silver cop charged with assaulting a handcuffed man in the borough police station almost four years ago went on trial in Freehold Tuesday, the Star-Ledger reports.
In her opening statement, Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Melanie Falco told the jury that Patrolman Steven Solari “punched the handcuffed man multiple times because he would not pose for a photo after his arrest,” the Sledger reported.
Solari is also alleged to have told an EMT not to take arrest subject Sean Casey to a hospital, though his head was bleeding, until paperwork had been completed. Later, Solari committed witness tampering when he tried to get an EMT who witnessed the assault to cover it up, the state alleges.
But defense lawyer Edward Bertucio “told the jury that Solari and his partner were dealing with a well-known, violent man who had a history of getting out of control,” according to the Sledger. “Bertucio said the trial would show that Solari was doing what he was trained to do and that there were other motivating factors, including people trying to take his job, which led to his arrest.”