FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A jury in Monmouth County has convicted a Little Silver police officer of official misconduct and assault in the beating of a man.
Steven Solari went to check on the man at the request of the man’s mother in 2009 but ended up arresting him following a scuffle. Evidence presented during the trial showed Solari used pepper spray and the man sustained a head injury.
Prosecutors say Solari took the man to police headquarters for booking instead of to a hospital. Testimony indicated Solari punched the handcuffed man because he would not pose for a mug shot.
Prosecutors say Solari tried to cover up what happened.
Solari faces up to 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced in January.