A recently surfaced dashcam video shows Marcus Jeter being beat by a Bloomfield, N.J. police officer who yells, "Stop resisting!"
The video (below) from a police cruiser has cleared Jeter who was facing a 5-year prison sentence from the 2012 incident.
“As soon as they opened the door, one officer reached in and punched me in my face," Jeter told WABC. "As he’s trying to take off my seat belt, I’m thinking, ‘Something is going to go wrong.’”
“And when they open the [police cruiser] door, about to put me in, the officer hits me in the back of the head again,” added Jeter.
“There was a cop on my left with a gun pointed at me, a cop on the other side with a shotgun,” Jeter recalled.
Jeter was charged with evading police, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer, but now those charges have all been dropped.
According to the New York Daily News:
Police Officer Sean Courter was charged with official misconduct, tampering with public records, and false documents and false swearing.
Police Officer Orlando Trinidad is charged with aggravated assault, official misconduct, tampering with public records, and false documents and false swearing.
An internal investigation into the incident initially found the officers did nothing wrong, which caused Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia to recently call this a "police cover-up” on Facebook.
“I am outraged by the police dashboard video and the fact that these charges were initially dismissed by our internal affairs division,” wrote Mayor Venezia.
“This behavior is unacceptable. I have contacted the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office to request an investigation of our police department’s internal affairs division,” added Mayor Venezia.