Cop who slapped bunny-suited prankster due in court

SPARTA — A Hopatcong police officer caught on video slapping a bunny-suited, airhorn-toting prankster is due in municipal court Thursday.

A case management hearing for Officer Nicholas Maresca Jr. is scheduled for 8:30 a.m., court administrator Bonnie Messina told NJ Advance Media.

Maresca was charged with simple assault two weeks after a video surfaced of him and a second officer confronting Kevin Hemmerich at Hopatcong police headquarters Nov. 17.

Hemmerich, shown on the video wearing a bunny suit and blowing an air horn, was turning himself in on an outstanding warrant. His brother, Jason, was filming nearby and later posted the video of …read more

Source: Sussex

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