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Jeffrey E. Profitt is suspended without pay from his post with the Millville Police Department.

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A South Jersey police officer indicted on charges that he brutally assaulted several suspects, including throwing a 62-year-old man to the ground, entered a not-guilty plea during his arraignment Friday morning.

Millville officer Jeffrey E. Profitt, 39, is accused of using excessive force in five arrests described in the 24-count indictment issued last month. He’s also accused of filing false reports about 10 arrests he made between 2013 and 2016.

Profitt was originally indicted last year on charges that he threw the 62-year-old onto a concrete floor face-first during a 2016 arrest, causing injuries that required three hours of surgery. An EMT who witnessed the alleged incident described the man’s face hitting the floor like “a pumpkin smashing.”

Prosecutors claimed Profitt misled superior officers about the extent of the man’s injuries, describing it as a mere nosebleed.

That previous eight-count indictment was expanded to add charges in other cases, including a 2015 arrest in which he allegedly threw a man face-first onto a stone driveway and another case in which he is accused of throwing a man face-first onto large landscaping rocks outside of a Millville restaurant.

Jeffrey E. Profitt listens to Superior Court Judge Robert Malestein during Friday’s court appearance. (Matt Gray | For NJ.com)

Profitt, represented by defense attorney Anthony M. Imbesi, did not speak during the Friday hearing.

First Assistant Prosecutor Harold Shapiro outlined the charges against the officer, including multiple counts of official misconduct, aggravated assault, endangering another person, terroristic threats, tampering with physical evidence, tampering with records and obstructing the administration of law.

Prosecutors allege Profitt failed to file “truthful, accurate and complete” reports about the five arrests for which he is accused of using excessive force, and five other cases.

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Source:: New Jersey Real -Time News

      

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