WTF over-zealous police? - Page 248
William Cunningham and Kennieth Smith were doing nothing wrong, had committed no crime, and were attempting to go about their daily routine when they were nearly killed by a power tripping cop.
On Wednesday, that power tripping cop, Prince George’s County Police officer Jenchesky Santiago, was remarkably found guilty for 1st and 2nd-degree assault, use of a firearm in violence, and misconduct in office – only after cellphone footage survived and was given to prosecutors.
The video remained private until the PGPD police department released it this week. What it shows is nothing short of a lunatic on a rampage threatening innocent people with his gun.
On May 10, 2014, Cunningham and Smith were sitting in a vehicle outside Cunningham’s home as Smith was dropping off his cousin. At this point, Santiago approached the vehicle and told them they were parked illegally, according to prosecutors.
However, the gentlemen were parked completely legally and prosecutors emphasized that fact during the trial by pointing out that the area in front of Cunningham’s home has no signs restricting parking, no fire hydrants nor any curb paint indicating a fire lane.
Santiago later claimed that since there were parking places nearby, this car was illegally parked – but he was still wrong.
As the men attempted to tell the officer that Smith was merely dropping Cunningham off, Santiago told them that they are in a drug-ridden area.
“What does that have to do with us?” Cunningham responded.
That’s when Santiago, who had two unauthorized occupants in his cruiser who apparently wanted to witness this jackboot thug harass innocent people, said, “You guys wanted my attention. You got my attention now.”
Prosecutor Donnell Turner told the judge that Santiago was showing off for two friends sitting in his patrol vehicle, during this unauthorized ride-along.
Having not been legally detained, Cunningham simply tried to walk into his house when all hell broke loose.
Santiago, responding to an innocent man walking into his own home, pulled his gun and pointed it at Cunningham, demanding that he “get back in the car!”
Frightened that he had a madman pressing a gun against his temple ‘so hard that it moved his head,’ Cunningham slowly made his way back to the vehicle. This slow walk was seen as a threat to the tyrant Santiago, which made him even more enraged and more apt to preen for his sadistic audience.
He then pressed the gun directly at the center of Cunningham’s face and mouth, “Go ahead. I dare you to f**king fight me, son.” All of this was captured on video.
After the video was turned off, Cunningham testified in court that Santiago later told them, “Y’all gonna learn about officer Santiago today. I just got back from Iraq. I’m not scared of you all.” He testified that Santiago also said, “You need to watch your attitude because us P.G. cops, we shoot people.”
Cunningham and Smith were then illegally searched without consent. Since Santiago found nothing to charge them with, he made up two counts of disorderly conduct, which would later be thrown out after the video surfaced.
“The actions Officer Santiago chose to take that day are his alone. His behavior is flagrant, appalling and isolated. His actions are among the worst I’ve seen as Chief of Police and that will be taken into account when I make a decision about his employment,” PGPD Chief Mark Magaw said.
“The moment officer Santiago made the decision to act in a reckless, illegal way, he ceased being a police officer,” Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said. “There is no place for that type of behavior in our county or on our police force. Every citizen should be able to walk across their front yard to their door without fear of being assaulted, especially by a police officer.”
Had Smith made the decision not to pull out his camera and shoot the video you see below, both of these men would likely still be facing the false charges brought against them by this costumed maniac. Let that sink in. Without that cellphone video, two innocent men would be in jail and a maniac cop would still be on the loose.
However, because of that video, a tyrant’s true colors were exposed to the world and he is now facing a minimum of 5-years in prison.
Sentenced to 5 years in the pokey
I can see the appeal of an HOA, but I really don't want my neighbors having any say on what I do with my property.
was this one posted ? this guy seems a bit looney. keeps driving slowly past a fella hooking up his boat, gets out, tells him to pull hands out of pockets (which is to cover his next action), pulls out gun, some back and forth ensues, then cop gets back in car and takes off. wat
ROHNERT PARK OFFICER CAUGHT ON VIDEO PULLING GUN ON CIVILIAN CLEARED OF WRONGDOING
Rohnert Park officials said an independent investigation has concluded that a city public safety officer acted reasonably when he drew his weapon during an encounter with a citizen in July.
In response, Jarin Beck, the attorney for the citizen, Don McComas, said he will file a claim for administrative remedy against the city as a prelude to filing a civil lawsuit.
"They have 45 days to respond, and if the claim is rejected, we will file a civil suit in Sonoma County or in federal court in San Francisco," Beck said.
McComas videotaped the July 29 encounter with Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety Officer David Rodriguez when the officer stopped in front of his home on Hermitage Way as he stood by his truck and boat trailer.
During the five-minute video of the encounter, McComas objects to Rodriguez observing him from his patrol car, getting out of the car, ordering McComas to take his hand out of his pocket and the officer taking his weapon out of its holster.
McComas tells Rodriguez he has done nothing wrong, tells him to go away and accuses police of being corrupt.
"Are you some kind of constitutionalist crazy guy?" Rodriguez asks at one point before leaving.
McComas posted the video on Facebook, where it drew heated reactions from social media users.
In a news release Wednesday, the city of Rohnert Park said it commissioned an independent third-party investigator, Sue Ann Van Dermyden, to investigate the incident.
The city said Van Dermyden is a licensed attorney and private investigator with experience in internal investigations involving public safety officers. The city said she consulted with and relied upon input from Ed McErlain, a retired law enforcement officer with 32 years of experience.
The investigation determined Rodriguez "reasonably exercised his right to stop and have contact with the resident and did so for legitimate reasons and not for the purpose of harassing or mistreating the resident," the city said.
"It was reasonable for the officer to un-holster his duty weapon at the point he did during the encounter with the resident," the city said.
The city said Rodriguez was investigating complaints about parking code violations and he was checking a vehicle's registration when he saw McComas standing on the sidewalk by a truck.
"The officer saw the resident quickly duck behind the truck after his patrol car came into view. The officer considered this suspicious behavior, and decided to investigate further," the city said.
"After the officer got out of his patrol car, he also noticed other unusual behavior, including the resident's agitated demeanor and his initial refusal to comply with the officer's instruction to remove his hand from his pocket, which had a bulge in it," the city said.
Rohnert Park public safety officers rotate between the police and fire divisions, and Rodriguez requested in early July before the incident occurred that he be assigned to the Fire Division, the city said.
The city said McComas initially agreed to be interviewed through his attorney as part of the investigation, bur the attorney canceled the interview and declined further requests to interview McComas.
"The investigation, however, closely examined all aspects of the video tape of the encounter and also reviewed the resident's social media postings in order to attempt to understand his version of the events," the city said.
The city said it has confidence in the Department of Public Safety and receives positive public comments on its officers' behavior.
"In this incident, we recognize that there is the opportunity for improvements in some areas. The city is committed to continuing its efforts to strengthen the positive relationship between the Department of Public Safety and the Rohnert Park community," the city said.
Beck, McComas' attorney, said he is not surprised by the results of the investigation.
"I don't think when you are paid by the people you are investigating that you can be unbiased. That law firm is used quite often for these situations," Beck said.