Santiago was charged with first-degree assault and misconduct in office. He has been suspended since last June when the incident was reported, but has still been collecting a paycheck the entire time.
Prosecutors say that last May, Santiago approached two young men who were minding their own business and told them that they were illegally parked. However, the car was not illegally parked and one of the occupants actually lived at the home that the car was parked.
When one of the men attempted to enter his house, officer Santiago reportedly grabbed the man and held a gun to his head, threatening to shoot.
According to prosecutors, Santiago told the men, “We’re PGPD; we shoot people.”
Much of the encounter was actually recorded by the driver of the car, but the video has not been released.
“We do not train our officers in this manner. These actions are not indicative of the high standards we expect of our officers.” Prince George’s County police chief Mark Magaw said in a statement.
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