Fall River police officer accused of assaulting man with baton while in police custody

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BOSTON (WLNE) — A Fall River police officer accused of hitting a man with a baton while in police custody in 2020 has been arrested.

U.S. Attorney Rachael Rollins said Nicholas Hoar was indicted for civil rights violation and false reports.

On Dec. 21, 2020, Rollins said Hoar, who’s 35 years old, while on duty as an officer, “struck an individual who had been arrested in the forehead with a baton, resulting in bodily injury to the arrestee.”

Hoar, Rollins said, submitted two reports on Dec. 21 and 22 omitting the fact that he hit the man in the forehead with the baton.

He was arrested Wednesday and is scheduled to appear in federal court in Boston Wednesday afternoon.

The 35-year-old was charged with one count of deprivation of rights under color of law and two counts of false reports. He faces up to 50 years in prison.

In a release Wednesday, Fall River police said that once they were notified of the complaint against Hoar, he was immediately placed on paid administrative leave.

“After consultation with the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), it was determined that the best course of action was to have the FBI conduct the investigation,” Sgt. Moses Pereira said Wednesday.

“Effective immediately, Officer Hoar has been placed on unpaid administrative leave,” added Pereira.

Police said an internal investigation is currently underway.

“We will work with our law enforcement partners to gather as much information as possible to further our investigation,” noted police in the release.

No further information was immediately released.

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