Jacksonville, FL — Mayra Martinez, 31, had a bad first day on the job at the local Scores Bar in Jacksonville. That afternoon, she became intoxicated, quit, and refused to leave, so police were called — this would turn her bad day into a horrifying one.
When police arrived at the bar around 5 p.m., they arrested Martinez and charged her with trespassing and resisting.
According to the police report, Martinez was drunk and belligerent when two officers showed up to remove her from the property. One of those officers was Akinyemi Borisade, 26. When police tried to place her in handcuffs, Martinez tried to kick and bite officers, according to the report. However, as Martinez is much smaller than the two officers who were taking her in, they were easily able to overpower her.
Martinez was then transported to the Duval County jail where things would take a turn for the worse. Video released by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office shows Martinez attempt to walk over to the officers before Borisade grabs her and slams her into the wall.
After being slammed into the wall by the officer, Borisade proceeded to unleash a fury of fists to the head and face of Martinez after her foot grazed his pant leg.
“He could have turned her around and held her in a transporting position that they are trained in back over to the location to wait by the door,” Undersheriff Pat Ivey said. “He could have stood there with her, but there was no need to strike her.”
After standing there and watching their fellow officer violently assault a restrained and incapacitated woman, the officers reported Borisade. On Thursday, the JSO announced that he had been fired and charged with battery.
Equally as disturbing as watching a cop pummel a handcuffed woman was the fact that the other officers stood by and allowed it to happen.
“They could have moved in. One officer did at least walk over and put his hand on the officer to stop him from continuing to punch the suspect. So I’m glad one officer did take action,” Gil Smith, News4Jax crime and safety analyst, said. “Now in this particular situation, these other officers do have a person who is handcuffed. So they do have to keep a watch on him, if they engage with this officer no one is watching the prisoner.”
However, the officers certainly were not watching the handcuffed prisoner as they were fixated on watching Borisade beat Martinez to a pulp — not to mention the other prisoner was in a jail and in handcuffs. If he tried to run, he would have quickly been apprehended.
The only officer not at fault in this situation is the one who walked up to Borisade and put his hand on his shoulder to stop him.
Ivey said because Borisade is a probationary officer, he can’t appeal his firing, but he can ask for a name-clearing hearing with JSO, according to News4Jax. If he passes that he would regain the ability to be an officer with another agency.
If history is any indicator, this will be swept under the rug and Borisade will be quietly hired on with another agency.
As New4Jax points out, Borisade should have never been a cop in the first place as he had a criminal record. When he was 19-yeas-old, reports show he took items into a dressing room from a store at the Regency Square Mall and came out without them and tried to leave the store without paying. The report shows he admitted to doing it. He later pleaded no contest.