Human Services Police Officer Indicted on Official Misconduct and Aggravated Assault Charges

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that Jamal Hogan, 41 years old, of East Orange, New Jersey, was indicted today after an investigation revealed that he allegedly used excessive force upon a patient at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital.  On March 6, 2013, Hogan, at the time of the alleged actions, was a Sergeant with the Department of Human Services Police.

Investigation revealed that while responding to an incident in his official capacity as a police officer, defendant allegedly used excessive force with his officially-issued ASP/Baton upon a patient at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital. It is also alleged that the defendant took affirmative steps to hinder the investigation into his unlawful use of force.

Defendant was indicted on two counts of Second Degree Official Misconduct; Second Degree Aggravated Assault; Third Degree Aggravated Assault; Fourth Degree Aggravated Assault; Second Degree Hindering Own Apprehension; Third Degree Hindering Own Apprehension; and Third Degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose.

The State is represented by Senior Trial Counsel/SDAG John McNamara, Jr.

The defendant was released on his own recognizance.

Anyone with information relating to these charges is urged to contact the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Professional Standards Unit at 973-285-6200.

Acting Prosecutor Knapp thanks the Internal Affairs Unit of the Department of Human Services Police and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Professional Standards Unit, whose efforts contributed to this result.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor/SDAG Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or [email protected].