He’s charged with lying in a report to cover for a fellow officer who hit a suspect with a flashlight in 2013 while the man was handcuffed — and now the Bayonne cop has been placed on modified duty.
According to acting US Attorney William Fitzpatrick, a federal grand jury indicted Officer Francis Styles, 36, of Bayonne on May 15, charging him with falsifying an official record and failing to report police brutality by former Bayonne Police Officer Domenico Lillo.
The indictment was related to the Dec. 27, 2013 arrest of Bayonne resident, Brandon Walsh — who had an outstanding warrant from Sussex County.
A 13-year department veteran, Styles earns a little more than $104,000 per year.
John Arseneault of Chatham, Styles’ attorney, had no comment on the case.
The indictment states that Styles, Lillo and an unnamed officer went to Walsh’s Avenue C home to serve the warrant. Four surveillance cameras from a nearby bar recorded them before and after they arrested and handcuffed Walsh.
“Just before 5 p.m. … the video showed defendant Styles and Lillo escorting (Walsh) down an exterior staircase in handcuffs, and taking (him) to the ground,” the indictment says.
“Styles, Lillo and Officer 1 then brought the handcuffed individual to his feet, escorting (him) toward 53rd Street, with Lillo to the right of (him) and holding (his) right arm, Officer 1 to the left of (him) holding (his) left arm, and defendant Styles following closely behind.”