Surveillance video performed in Manhattan court docket Friday confirmed the second an ex-NYPD cop pummeled a cuffed, mentally in poor health man at a housing undertaking.
Within the footage, which has no audio, former Officer Elijah Saladeen may be seen scuffling with Jeremy Santiago, then 19, close to the Fulton Homes elevator banks on Feb. 24, 2017.
At one level, Saladeen, 49, stands over Santiago, who’s on the bottom, whereas the cop’s associate, Natalie Roman, shouts, “He’s about to chunk you!” Roman testified Friday, filling in for the lacking audio.
Saladeen then repeatedly punches Santiago on the facet of the pinnacle, in response to the video.
Roman tries to seize Saladeen’s arm to cease him from hitting Santiago, barking “That’s sufficient!” in response to her testimony.
The video was launched whereas Roman was on the stand on the primary day of Saladeen’s assault and offering-a-false-instrument trial in Manhattan Supreme Court docket.
One other digital camera angle confirmed Saladeen dragging Santiago, nonetheless cuffed behind his again, to a rear hallway and slugging him repeatedly within the ribs.
“What the f–ok are you doing?” Roman testified she shouted at Saladeen.
Santiago’s face was coated in blood and required stitches after the incident.
“The defendant brutally assaulted a defenseless, handcuffed Jeremy Santiago,” mentioned Assistant DA Michael Mulanaphy in opening statements.
Earlier than the incident, prosecutors mentioned Santiago was sleeping on the 25th flooring stairwell touchdown after he had a battle along with his brother, who lives within the constructing.
Saladeen and his associate roused Santiago, who suffers from bipolar and schizophrenia, then checked along with his brother to verify he wasn’t trespassing. However his brother, nonetheless irritated from their spat, denied figuring out who he was, prosecutors mentioned.
Roman testified that Santiago grew more and more agitated and slammed his head towards the wall as he wailed, “I don’t wish to go to jail!”
Saladeen cuffed him from behind, and the officers escorted him downstairs, the place the battle occurred and Santiago was arrested. Prosecutors argued that Saladeen lied concerning the assault in written reviews and to his supervisors.
Protection lawyer Craig Hayes countered that Saladeen acted in self-defense, slugging Santiago solely after he had resisted arrest and tried to chunk him.
“Police work at occasions will probably be ugly,” the lawyer mentioned. “Simply because one thing is disagreeable to view, doesn’t make it felony.” He known as the case, “Monday morning quarterbacking at its finest.”
Hayes mentioned Saladeen escorted Santiago to the rear hallway to not beat him up however to attend for an ambulance at a extra accessible entrance.
The omissions and discrepancies in official paperwork have been attributable to sloppiness, not an try to cowl up his actions, the lawyer added to Justice Robert Mandelbaum.
Saladeen waived a jury trial, leaving his destiny within the arms of the choose.
The housing cop was fired in September after an NYPD administrative listening to discovered him responsible of misconduct associated to the incident. He’ll accumulate his pension.