Court dismisses against maniac cop who unlawfully stopped an innocent woman, beat her, destroyed her phone, and falsified the report.
Reading, PA – Caught on video punching an innocent woman in the face and destroying her cell phone for recording him, a Pennsylvania police officer faced criminal charges after falsifying reports and blatantly abusing his authority.
However, thanks to a glaringly corrupt system that protects crooked cops, Reading Police Officer Jesus Santiago-DeJesus’ charges of official oppression; assault; criminal attempt tampering with/fabricate physical evidence; false reports to law enforcement authorities; and unsworn falsification to authorities and criminal mischief — were all dismissed.
“It’s a great day for justice,” said the officer’s attorney, Allan Sodomsky on Wednesday after hearing the news. “Justice was served.”
Although the deceitful cop initially accused the woman of punching him, several videos of the incident revealed that he lied in order to justify the beating and false arrests.
At 12:24 p.m. on April 5, pulled over Marcelina Cintron-Garcia and her boyfriend for not using a turn signal before parking despite the fact that surveillance video revealed she actually did use her turn signal.
“The vehicle comes back to a Mitsubishi. You’re driving a Honda,” Santiago-DeJesus falsely accused the couple, who had been driving a Mitsubishi Mirage.
After Santiago-DeJesus accused them of driving with a license plate belonging to a Mitsubishi instead of a Honda, Cintron-Garcia walked over to the front emblem to show the moronic cop that the car she was driving is a Mitsubishi. But he was having nothing of it.
According to the initial police report, Cintron-Garcia suddenly pulled away before punching Officer Santiago-DeJesus. But according to five videos that recorded the incident, Santiago-DeJesus falsified the reason for pulling her over and falsely accused her of driving a stolen car before resorting to violence for no reason.
While complying with the officer’s orders, Cintron-Garcia began recording the incident on her cell phone when Santiago-DeJesus abruptly attempted to grab the phone from her hand. As Cintron-Garcia refused to hand over her phone, two mindless cops aggressively grabbed her boyfriend and threw him against the sidewalk even though he did not pose an immediate threat.
After snatching the phone from her hand, Santiago-DeJesus violently smashed it against the ground in an impulsive act of cowardice before shoving Cintron-Garcia and punching her in the face for no apparent reason. According to police, Cintron-Garcia required staples in her scalp after Santiago-DeJesus hit her head against an exposed metal pipe.
“I cried for three days in jail thinking about my kids,” Cintron-Garcia told WGAL.
Based on the investigation, according to WFMZ, which included interviews and a review of surveillance video, detectives with the DA’s office said they determined that:
- Santiago-DeJesus falsely implicated Cintron-Garcia for not using a proper right turn signal when pulling into a parking space on Greenwich Street, when surveillance video indicated that she had.
- Santiago-DeJesus attempted to damage and destroy potential audio and video evidence by slamming Contron-Garcia’s cell phone on the sidewalk.
- Santiago-DeJesus’s actions, which included the arrest, detention, seizure, mistreatment and infringement/damage to personal property, are in violation of official oppression.
Spending three days in jail, Cintron-Garcia was charged with assault, harassment, and resisting arrest. Although her boyfriend did not appear to commit any crimes on the videos of the incident, Joel Rodriguez was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Berks County District Attorney John Adams dropped all charges against Cintron-Garcia and her boyfriend last month. However, the coupe was holding out for justice against their oppressor — justice that will never come.
“I don’t got comment,” Cintron-Garcia said in response to the judge’s ruling in favor of the officer. “I’m upset right now.”
None of the officers who assisted Santiago-DeJesus in his unjustified assault currently face any criminal charges either.
Santiago-DeJesus, who joined the Reading Police Department on July 23, 2012, made news last summer after another traffic stop in Reading led to a low-speed pursuit and his shooting of two teenagers on a dead-end street in neighboring Lower Alsace Township, according to WFMZ. An investigation by the district attorney’s office revealed that the officer was justified in the shooting. He was also cleared by the department to return to the force after it was determined that Santiago-DeJesus’ actions were within RPD policy.
Santiago-DeJesus is currently the subject of a federal lawsuit stemming from that shooting. One of the teens who Santiago-DeJesus shot four times claims the officer had no reason to shoot. Judging from the video below, the teen is most likely not lying.
“Ofc. Santiago is a good guy just trying to do his job, and if you comply with requests of police officers on the street, we have a place to challenge… that is our courthouse,” Sodomsky said. “You can’t challenge authority by attempting to injure police officers on the street.”