South Jersey man charged after allegedly hurling racist slur at a child

According to a police department statement, officers went to a residence on Little Gloucester Road after receiving a report of a family member’s threat to burn down the home. After arriving, they reportedly encountered an “irate and uncooperative” man  who began “screaming obscenities at officers as they interviewed family members.”

Police determined that the screaming man had shaken a child and had thrown a racist insult at the youngster, one of the residents of the house. When the officers moved to place the man under arrest, the statement continues, he attempted to punch an officer, but the police subdued him. No one was injured in the incident.

The suspect, identified as Leonard W. Antonelli, is free pending a court appearance, the statement says.

Gloucester Township Police Chief David Harkins praised his officers for showing “professionalism and restraint,” adding, “It is intolerable that they have to worry about getting assaulted while also trying to protect themselves from the COVID-19 virus.”

In addition to the aforementioned charges, Antonelli also faces judgment on alleged obstruction of the administration of law. He is presumed innocent unless and until convicted.