CAMDEN — Former Atlantic City police Chief Ernest Jubilee will testify Wednesday in federal court about the department’s internal affairs policies as part of an excessive-force case against three officers.

The trial, which is in its third week, has put the department’s internal affairs policies under the microscope following the beating of Atlantic County resident Steven Stadler. Stadler and his attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, say the Atlantic City Police Department purposely turns a blind eye toward and encourages excessive force.

Current Chief Henry White is expected to testify Monday.

Stadler was arrested in 2013 after burglarizing a car wash on Albany Avenue. He pleaded guilty to burglary and resisting arrest but sued the department, saying he has permanent scarring and nerve damage from the officers beating him during his arrest.

Jubilee was the chief of police at the time.

The officers at the center of the case, Glenn Abrams, William Moore and John Devlin, were flagged by the department’s early warning system nearly 70 times but were either not punished or received a “slap on the wrist,” Bonjean said.

On Monday, Lt. Lee Hendricks, the commander in charge of internal affairs at the Police Department, testified the department follows all 10 mandated policies by the N.J. Attorney General’s Office, including accepting and investigating all allegations of misconduct by officers and maintaining documents on all internal affairs complaints.

He testified all internal affairs complaints are assigned to an officer in the Internal Affairs Unit. That officer conducts an investigation and recommends to the commander whether the allegations are substantiated. The commander reviews the report and, if comfortable with the finding, sends it to the chief of police for final approval, Hendricks said.

In Stadler’s case, the alleged use of excessive force was found to be unsubstantiated by an internal investigation by the department. Stadler was not interviewed in that investigation.

Contact: 609-272-7260 JDeRosier@pressofac.com Twitter @ACPressDeRosier

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