A fired Miami Gardens, Fl cop has been arrested and charged with battery after a video showing him kneeling on a woman’s neck during an arrest surfaced.
The incident occurred just outside of Miami in January of this year. According to police, Safiya Satchell and a friend were sitting in a vehicle after leaving a bar in the area when former officer Jordy Martel approached them. Martel’s report stated that he was called by bar management to get Satchell to leave the premises after she was involved in a confrontation inside.
A cellphone video recorded by the passenger in Satchell’s car shows Martel at the driver’s side door attempting to get Satchell out of the vehicle. Martel reaches inside the car, opens the door, and pulls Satchell out.
A struggle ensues and Satchell is put on the ground, on her back. Martel can be seen with his knee on her neck and shocking her in the stomach with a stun gun.
Thursday, the state’s attorney said the videos reveal contradictions in Martel’s report of what happened.
“Today, former Miami Gardens police officer Jordy Yanes Martel is being charged with two counts of official misconduct, third degree felonies, and four counts of battery which are first degree misdemeanors,” said Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Miami-Dade State Attorney.
In Martel’s report, he claimed that Satchell continued to kick and punch him, however the video shows that Satchell was on the ground with Martel’s knee on her neck when he shocked her with his stun gun.
“Now I’m not here to vilify that officer,” Miami Gardens Police Chief Delma Noel-Pratt said. “However, I will tell you he made a bad decision that day, and as a result, he can no longer be a part of the Miami Gardens Police Department.
According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, 30-year-old Martel turned himself in Thursday at the FDLE Miami office.
Satchell’s attorney released the following statement regarding Martel’s arrest:
“We are pleased to have been notified that FDLE and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Public Corruption Unit have taken action against this former officer. It is long overdue for civilian oversight of our cities’ police departments to ensure our officers are not just serving but protecting our community. If you’re an officer that has broken policy or acted under color of law with a belief that Black Lives don’t Matter, you ought to be looking over your shoulder because the chickens have finally come home to roost. My client deserves to witness justice be served in this prosecution against this former officer where so many others in her position have not been as fortunate.”
Fired Cop Arrested After Video Shows Him Kneeling on Woman's Neck
A recently fired Miami Gardens police officer who was shown in a graphic video from January holding his knee to a Black woman’s neck while tasing her multiple times in the stomach has been arrested and charged with battery and official misconduct, the Miami-Dade State Attorney announced Thursday.Posted by Comm Watchers 2.0 on Friday, June 26, 2020