On May 26, 2021, Paterson New Jersey Police Department Officer Spencer Finch responded to a domestic dispute, and found "B.C." arguing with the mother of his children, who was inside an apartment.
Finch did not activate his body-worn camera due to a perceived fear of "imminent harm... if the defendant gained entry to the apartment".
Finch claimed he was punched and kicked by a man involved in a domestic dispute in the hallway of a Paterson apartment building 
Another officer at the scene had activated his body-worn camera.
The body camera video shows Finch advance on B.C. before hitting him with "an overhead, open palmed strike to the face." Finch hit B.C. multiple times with a flashlight. While B.C. was handcuffed, Finch used his knee to hit him in the face area.
On June 10, 2021, Finch was suspended without pay. Under the police union contract, Finch would resume collecting his pay after 30 days and then go on administrative leave.
On June 11, 2021, Finch was arrested and charged with official misconduct, aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and tampering with public records. The unauthorized weapon was a larger 'C' or 'D'-cell flashlight, which are not allowed by the department.
On June 23, 2021, city officials released the body-worn camera footage.
On June 30, 2021, city officials announced the filing of termination papers against Finch.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Joe Malinconico, Body camera footage produced evidence that led to Paterson cop’s excessive force arrest, North Jersey, 2021-06-14
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Joe Malinconico, Body camera video shows alleged assault that led to Paterson cop's arrest, North Jersey, 2021-06-23
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Joe Malinconico, Paterson will try to fire cop accused of assault in incident captured by bodycam video, North Jersey, 2021-06-30
- ↑ Joe Malinconico, Paterson cop arrested on misconduct, assault charges, North Jersey, 2021-06-11
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