Man freed, cops indicted after video of of abuse released
A New Jersey man is free after a dash cam video showing him being abused by police officers was released.
Several charges were dropped against Marcus Jeter, 30, including eluding police and assault and two Bloomfield police officers have been indicted for falsifying reports. One of them has been charged with assault.
A third pleaded guilty early on to tampering. It’s all thanks to those dashcam tapes. It’s the video that prosecutors say they never saw when the pursued criminal charges against 30 year-old Marcus Jeter . In the video, his hands were in the air. […]One officer in the video can be seen throwing repeated punches.
This video was only turned over by Bloomfield police after Jeter’s attorney filed a request for records; at the time prosecutors were insistent that Jeter do prison time.
“The first plea was 5 years,” said Jeter.
It all started when officers were called to Jeter’s home. The report filed by police states that he eluded police, but the video from the dash cam shows him pulling over and stopping on the side of the Garden State parkway. The cops pulled out guns and cornered Jeter in his vehicle.
The tape not initially turned over shows a second officer coming from the opposite direction, striking Jeter’s car. There is no mention of that in the report. “It was incredible, I didn’t believe it at that point in time,” he said. He adds, “The next thing I know, one of them busts the door and there is glass all over my face.”
Jeter claims the officers were hitting him and telling him not to resist arrest. Once Prosecutors witnessed the video, they dismissed all of the charges against Jeter. An investigation by Bloomfield’s internal affairs department found no wrongdoing by the officers.
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