In a disturbing story from New Jersey, a man has been cleared of all charges — and avoided a 5-year prison sentence — after dashboard video from a police cruiser surfaced and revealed that cops had falsified evidence against him after his arrest.
“As soon as they opened the door, one officer reached in and punched me in my face. As he’s trying to take off my seat belt, I’m thinking, ‘Something is going to go wrong.'”
Jeter says the cops continued hitting him, telling him not to resist arrest.
“And when they open the [police cruiser] door, about to put me in, the officer hits me in the back of the head again,” Jeter said.
Prosecutors dropped the charges of evading police, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer against 30 year-old Marcus Jeter of Bloomfield New Jersey, and in turn indicted two Bloomfield police officers for falsifying reports – and one of them for assault – after a recording of the arrest surfaced.
“There was a cop on my left with a gun pointed at me, a cop on the other side with a shotgun,” he said.
The video show officers beating Jeter, including one punching him in the head repeatedly, even though he was clearly complying with their orders.
Before the tape was discovered, prosecutors were pushing for a 5-year prison sentence.
Watch a local ABC report on the story in the video below: