Former NCCPD officer charged with excessive use of force involving teen

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The former officer is facing charges that includes Offensive Touching, Official Misconduct, and Falsifying Business Records.

NEW CASTLE (DE) BY DIGITAL STAFF: A former New Castle County Police officer has been indicted by a New Castle County Grand Jury after the Department of Justice and Division of Civil Rights and Public Trust, found probable cause to charge the officer with crimes related to an excessive use of force incident involving a teen detainee at police headquarters.

The commander of the Office of Professional Standards for the New Castle County Police was made aware of the incident by an officer who witnessed the incident on August 31, 2021. 

The officer who witnessed the incident in the prisoner processing area at police headquarters, informed the commander that the incident involved a 16-year-old female prisoner. After reviewing the report, the commander referred the incident to the Criminal investigations unit (CIU) after discovering what he believed to be criminal conduct on the part of the officer.

“The CIU commander conducted a weeks-long investigation, interviewing the female involved and several witnesses, including police officers.,” Said Police spokesman Michel Eckerd. “That investigation was turned over to the Department of Justice, Division of Civil Rights and Public Trust after determining that probable cause existed to charge the officer with a crime.”

The officer involved in the incident has only been identified as New Castle County Police Corporal Michael Carnevale. It’s not known how long the officer has been with New Castle County Police and no photo was provided of the former officer. 

The former officer is facing charges that includes Offensive Touching, Official Misconduct, and Falsifying Business Records.

Through an internal investigation, Carnevale was found to have violated several New Castle County Police Policies. Prior to any discipline being imposed, he separated his employment with the New Castle County Division of Police., Eckerd added.

Colonel Bloch, Chief of the New Castle County Division of Police issued the following statement:

“I am troubled by the interaction that occurred between Former Corporal Carnevale and the 16-year-old victim in this matter. While this is a sad day for the New Castle County Police, I can assure you the actions by Carnevale do not, in any way, represent the actions or beliefs of the many honorable officers of this Division. I am committed to making certain our officers hold themselves to the highest standard of conduct, treating each member of the public with the respect they deserve, ensuring their safety not only in our communities but also within our own walls. I’d like to express my gratitude to the officers who brought this excessive use of force incident to our attention and to our partners at the Department of Justice for assisting us in completing a thorough investigation.”

If you believe you have been the victim of an officer using excessive force, The Division of Police reminds the public that complaints against officers can be filed online by accessing https://www.nccde.org/Police, and click Report Misconduct. You can also file a complaint in person at Police Headquarters located at 3601 North DuPont Highway or By phone at 302-395-8100 or 302-395-8008 (daytime hours).

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