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Former Newark Cop Gets Five Years for Assault

Veteran officer attacked civilian in 2011

A former Newark police officer was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for assaulting a civilian nearly two years ago, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said.

Hugo Fierro, 46, who had served on the NPD for 11 years, was found guilty in February of pistol-whipping a civilian in front of a Bloomfield Avenue restaurant in May 2011. Fierro never filed a report regarding the incident, which was captured on video at Tony’s Marisqueria Bar and Restaurant. Fierro’s 44-year-old victim was never charged with a crime.

On Feb. 21, the jury convicted Fierro of second degree official misconduct, third degree assault with a deadly weapon and simple assault.

“This sentence appropriately sends a message to the victim and to our communities that no one—not even police officers—are exempt from rigorous prosecution when they violate the public’s trust,” said Assistant Prosecutor Peter Polidoro who handled the sentencing.

norm dean April 29, 2013 at 10:49 PM
Didnt say he was convicted of a felony. If noot he can still be a cop
BTB May 01, 2013 at 03:33 PM
You don't go to prison for misdemeanor convictions. He was convicted of a felony.
John S Wood May 04, 2013 at 11:46 PM
When he get out will he be reinstated to the special task force, of the victims crime unit?
joe May 05, 2013 at 07:08 AM
In nj there are no "misdemeanor" crimes under 2c. There is no such thing as misdemeanor in nj.
Blackwood resident May 09, 2013 at 01:50 AM
There's no such thing as a "felony" either. It's an "indictable" or "non indictable" offense. The varying degrees give the judge guidelines for sentencing.

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