TRENTON – A man from Paulsbar has pleaded guilty to using unjustified force and breaking a young man’s wrist while working in the correctional police.

According to the Attorney General’s Office, 52-year-old Lieutenant Edward Day was charged with assaulting a 16-year-old resident of a state-run medium-security juvenile facility in Bordentown during the October 2020 incident.

Day allegedly grabbed the victim from behind by the ankle when the young man was accompanied with his hands tied behind his back, handcuffed, the agency said.

It claimed that Day, acting “for no apparent reason or excuse,” pushed the young man face down on the ground, grabbed his wrists and “twisted and broke one of them.”

Edward Day of Polsbare, an inactive correctional police officer, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to aggravated assault in connection with the October 2020 incident at the state juvenile detention center.

Day pleaded guilty to aggravated assault during a hearing Wednesday before Supreme Court Justice Philip Haynes in Mount Hall.

“This admission of guilt reflects our determination to bring law enforcement officials to justice if they use unjustified and excessive force against civilians,” said Acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin.

“No one is above the law, and all people have the right to the protection of the law, including those in custody,” he said.

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