Police Chief Pleads Guilty After Threatening Facebook Critic with False Arrest

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West Hazleton, Pennsylvania Police Chief Brian Buglio has pleaded guilty to a federal civil rights violation after making threats in March 2020 to a private citizen, telling the person that he would pursue false felony charges in retaliation for several social media posts that were directed at him and the police, reports the New York Times. Buglio pleaded guilty on Friday to one count of deprivation of civil rights under color of law and agreed to resign within 10 days of entering into the plea agreement. The FBI’s public corruption task force investigated the case. Buglio, who has been employed by the police department since 1995, could face up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

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