A Jersey City police officer was convicted of official misconduct and theft by unlawful for taking for stealing cash from a man during traffic stop back in 2018, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.
Denzel Suitt, 28, was convicted on charges of official misconduct and theft by unlawful taking that alleged he stole cash from a Jersey City man on March 25th, 2018 while on-duty and on-patrol, Suarez said in a statement.
The jury delivered the verdict before Hudson County Superior Court Judge John Young, following a one week trial.
Suitt was found guilty of theft by unlawful taking, and official misconduct. The jury found him guilty of theft in the value of $500 or less.
On Sunday, March 25th, 2018, between the hours of 12:40 a.m. and 1 a.m., while in uniform and on-duty, Suitt conducted a traffic stop of man on Bayside Terrace and knowingly took cash from his wallet.
Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Internal Affairs Unit for their work on the investigation.
Suitt, who earned a salary of $55,000 last year according to public records, was indicted by a grand jury on February 14th, 2019 and was arrested and charged by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office the following day.
Sentencing in this case has been scheduled for April 24 before Young.
The state is represented in this case by Assistant Prosecutor Christina Krauthamer of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.
Real Garden State posted a video of the verdict being delivered which can be seen here.