NJ Cops indicted for lying and tampering with police dash cam

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  1. Oldgamer

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    BLOOMFIELD, NJ (WABC) -- The tale of the police dashcam video has now helped clear a Bloomfield, New Jersey man who faced a multitude of criminal charges, including eluding police and assault.

    Investigative Reporter Sarah Wallace obtained the dashcam tapes, and has spoken exclusively with the 30-year old DJ who was looking at years in prison.

    It was quite a turnabout, all the criminal charges against Marcus Jeter have been dismissed, and two Bloomfield police officers have been indicted for falsifying reports, and one of them, for assault.

    A third pleaded guilty early on to tampering. It's all thanks to those dashcam tapes. It's the video that prosecutors say they never saw when the pursued criminal charges against 30 year-old Marcus Jeter . In the video, his hands were in the air. He was charged with eluding police, resisting arrest and assault. One officer in the video can be seen throwing repeated punches.

    Sarah Wallace: "It this tape hadn't surfaced?"
    Marcus: "I'd be in jail."

    This video was only turned over by Bloomfield police after Jeter's attorney filed a request for records; at the time prosecutors were insistent that Jeter do prison time.

    "The first plea was 5 years," said Jeter.

    The incident began when cops were called to the Bloomfield home Jeter shares with his girlfriend. No charges were filed and Jeter says he left after briefly talking to officers.

    Sarah Wallace: "They say you eluded police."
    Jeter: "When they got behind me, I pulled over."
    Sarah: "So you weren't trying to escape."
    "No." said Jeter.

    You can clearly see Jeter pulling over and stopping on the side of the Garden State parkway. The cops pull out guns.

    Sarah: "Why didn't you get out of the car?"
    Jeter: "Because I was afraid."
    Jeter: "There was a cop on my right with a gun, a cop on the other side with a shotgun."
    Jeter:"I'm afraid I might get shot."
    Sarah: "If you got out."

    The tape not initially turned over shows a second police car coming from the opposite direction, crossing the median into ongoing traffic, and then striking Jeter's car. There is no mention of that in any police report. When Jeter first told his attorney that part of the story.

    "It was incredible, I didn't believe it at that point in time," he said. He adds, "The next thing I know, one of them busts the door and there is glass all over my face."

    SARAH: "Your hands are up."
    Jeter: "My hands are up."
    Jeter: "As soon as they opened the door, one officer reached in an punched me in my face." He adds, "As he's trying to take off my seatbelt, I'm thinking something is going to go wrong."

    Jeter says the officers were hitting him and telling him not to resist arrest. "All I keep saying is I'm not doing anything," he adds. "They handcuffed me and one of them hits me in the back." The attorney for Jeter says while showing Eyewitness News the video, "Here a state trooper arrives on the scene and clearly wants no participation in it and that's where one of the officers punch Mr. Jeter in the head after he was clearly placed in handcuffs," said Steven Brown.

    As soon as Prosecutors saw this video, they dismissed all of the charges against Jeter. Interesting to note, an investigation by Bloomfield PD's scandal plagued internal affairs division had found no wrongdoing by officers.

    Brown says, "I believe the blame is with the Bloomfield police department for not providing that tape. If we hadn't had the tapes in this case, an innocent man would be in jail today."

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    They punched him in the face after smashing in his window right off the bat.
    Then the cop was trying to make it appear like the guy was trying to take his gun when in fact this man was not, and the man in the car thought they were going to flat out kill him because they just started shouting things like "why you trying to take my gun?" when he was no where touching or even looking at the cops gun.

    After the defense attorney was finally able to get the video footage all charges against the man were immediately dropped.

    The video is appalling..

    I am glad the cops were arrested and indicted.
     
  2. Genx87

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    The prosecutor should be fired. The police should do time. Internal affairs need to see jail time. And we need a better system of investigating the police depts in this country. Having the police investigate themselves is a god damned joke.
     
  3. child of wonder

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    Police are the #1 gang in America and they subsist on our hard earned tax dollars so they can harass us and pretend to be badasses. *** dirty cops like the ones in this video and *** New Jersey.
     
  4. dmcowen674

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    What provoked these Thugs to be so violent on the DJ to begin with?

    Anyone know?
     
  5. Mai72

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    I live in NJ, and they can be a**.holes. I say can be a**holes because I've met some good cops.
     
  6. emperus

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    Hmm.. sounds eerily similar to this Dunn case.
     
  7. shabby

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    DWB
     
  8. Jimzz

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    "As soon as Prosecutors saw this video, they dismissed all of the charges against Jeter. Interesting to note, an investigation by Bloomfield PD's scandal plagued internal affairs division had found no wrongdoing by officers."


    But IA cleared them that can't be right. /s

    There's a reason bad cops do not like videos and public review boards. Lets keep it all in-house and the shadows the public just gets in the way.
     
  9. emperus

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    Agreed. What I always wonder is who agrees with them?
     
  10. Thebobo

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    Cops should not be military veterans IMO.
     
  11. shortylickens

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    Cops SHOULD be military veterans.
    They have considerably more respect for the constitution and the good of the american people than the average asshole bully who ended up on the force cus he coudlnt do anything else in life.


    I'd take the 1 bad apple in a hundred over what we've got now, which is more like 70/30.

    In new jersey it seems closer to 50/50
     
  12. Hayabusa Rider

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    Maybe the DJ was a Republican.
     
  13. Thebobo

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    You are assuming a lot there.
     
  14. Scotteq

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    Speaking as one who lives in NJ, provocation isn't required. The small proportion of bad cops know the rest will back them up without question.
     
  15. shortylickens

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    So were you.
    But my assumptions were based on logic and experience.
     
  16. Darwin333

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    Why in the hell was the tape not initially turned over??? Why did the State trooper not speak up? Hell why didn't any of the other cops speak up?

    I am also curious what kind of actual time these cops are looking at, seeing as how they damn near put an innocent guy in jail for minimum 5 years IF he plead guilty to something he was innocent of.
     
  17. Darwin333

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    I have heard a metric shitton of anecdotal stories from .mil members about reservists who were cops. Every person I have ever talked to who served with a reservist whose day job was being a cop said that they had some sort of rambo complex.
     
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    I think that's certainly the case a lot of times, but not always. Frequently you just have an individual who wants to serve their community and their country.

    Then there are guys who've left active duty and are seeking the high they get from combat in civilian life. The more reasonable of which (like me) quickly realize that police work is generally boring. The less reasonable of which find a way to make it exciting by doing the wrong thing.
     
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    Just throw a rag over the camera.

    Be careful around cops.
     
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  21. Newell Steamer

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    Black person claims the police abused and set him; yeah right, typical response... all cops are out to abuse and set up black people,.. blah, blah, blah,..

    Black person claims and has proof that the police abused and set him up; damn pigs!!
     
  22. Jimzz

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    Complaints against police dropped when they wear cameras. So for good cops the more cameras the better.

    Seems its only a select few who think more information is bad.


    But your post is like that of the NSA. Before snowden it was yea right NSA can do all that hahahha. Now if someone says something crazy you have to take a second as you never know now.
     
  23. Newell Steamer

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    No, even now I laugh at the "capabilites" of the NSA.

    They are nothing more than data harvesters, and hope to somehow find a needle or two from time to time.

    That is not to say I am dismissing them; they should not be allowed to spy on everyone.

    But, I don't think for a second that whatever door kicked down fantasy some of the tin foil hat wearers come up with are actually possible.

    Most of the NSA's secrecy is probably that they can't do much of anything to begin with. Otherwise, there would be evidence to arrest anyone and everyone for anything.
     
  24. shortylickens

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    in one mid sized suburban city.

    I'd like to see them try it in new york or LA. I bet all kinds of "technical difficulties" pop up.
     
  25. BoberFett

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    You just need to trust government, they're here to help us.