Here’s another case where cops beat up and framed an innocent man and nearly got away with it. Now the man is free and the cops have been charged, which is pretty rare. And it’s all due to dashboard video that the police department had all along but did nothing about.
Marcus Jeter faced a years-long prison sentence.
The New Jersey DJ, 30, was arrested in a 2012 traffic stop and charged with eluding police, resisting arrest and assault. Prosecutors insisted that Jeter do prison time.
“The first plea was five years,” Jeter said.
But after Jeter’s attorney, Steven Brown, filed a request for records, all of the charges against him were dropped, with dash-cam video apparently showing what really happened June 7, 2012. Now, the officers are facing charges.
The video, which prosecutors say they never saw before filing the initial charges, shows Jeter holding his hands above his head.
“The next thing I know, one of them busts the [car] door and there is glass all over my face,” he told ABC News station WABC-TV about the arrest.
“As soon as they opened the door, one officer reached in and punched me in my face. As he’s trying to take off my seat belt, I’m thinking, ‘Something is going to go wrong.’”
Jeter says the cops continued hitting him, telling him not to resist arrest.
“And when they open the [police cruiser] door, about to put me in, the officer hits me in the back of the head again,” Jeter said…
As soon as prosecutors saw the second video, they dismissed all of the charges against Jeter.
A grand jury has since indicted two Bloomfield police officers — Orlando Trinidad and Sean Courter — on various charges, including conspiracy and official misconduct.
This raises some pretty obvious questions. Why didn’t prosecutors see the second video? Did they not care that there was evidence they hadn’t seen? Or did the police department hide it from them? Someone beyond those officers must have seen it, it was part of an ongoing investigation. There is not only criminal misconduct here, there is criminal negligence as well. Or deliberate hiding of evidence.
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