Three Union City cops arrested in North Bergen

NORTH BERGEN – Three Union City police officers were arrested at 3 a.m. Friday morning at 83rd Street and West Side Avenue in North Bergen, according to a press release received from First Assistant Prosecutor Gaetano T. Gregory at the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

Damien De Fazio, 30, Jonathan Rivera, 26, and Union City Special Police Officer Gabriel Semeraro, 22, were arrested for alleged aggravated assault and weapons offenses, including alleged possession of a firearm meant for unlawful purposes, according to the release.

North Bergen police arrested the officers following a motor vehicle stop after one of them allegedly threatened a victim with a handgun while off duty. Three handguns were recovered.

The defendants posted bail and are due to appear on Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. at Central Judicial Processing Court after the matter was referred to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office for further investigation. – Gennarose Pope

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