As police brutality continues to plague the country, video footage has surfaced of a Florida woman being punched repeatedly by a cop while she was handcuffed.
Jacksonville officer Akinyemi Borisade has been fired and charged with battery as a result of physically assaulting 31-year-old Mayra Martinez.
The police department released the video footage that clearly shows Borisade attacking the already handcuffed woman.
Martinez was arrested and charged with trespassing and resisting arrest. She was reportedly drunk and belligerent when Borisade and another officer tried to remove her from the bar where she worked.
She was violent toward the officers, kicking and biting them; however, Undersheriff Pat Ivey noted that, “There are ways that this could have been dealt with without striking her.”
“He could have turned her around and held her in a transporting position that they are trained in,” he offered as an example.
Adding insult to injury, at least two other officers and some bystanders witnessed the entire attack yet stood by and did nothing.
One officer eventually walked over and tapped Borisade on the shoulder, but it was after he had already delivered several blows to the woman.
An investigation of the incident was conducted after officers who witnessed the ordeal reported it to their supervisors; however, reporting the misconduct doesn’t make up for not intervening at the time.
According to the Daily Mail, The National Sheriff's Association wrote on social media, "We give much credit to [the Jackson Sheriff's Office] for their transparency in releasing this video.”
According to CNN, Borisade is a probationary officer — hired by the department just last March; therefore, he can’t appeal his dismissal.
This disturbing incident and subsequent firing may not mark the end of his cop days. If he successfully completes a name-clearing hearing he may be able to reapply as an officer with another agency in the future, Daily Mail reports.
Borisade’s arrest and loss of his job are definitely appropriate actions in response to what he did to Martinez; however, the incident as a whole serves as yet another example that members of law enforcement continue to use excessive force under the premise that they are above the law.
Cops like Borisade don’t respect the citizens they are entrusted to protect and compromise the integrity of all the men and women carrying a police badge.
As for the other officers who watched and did nothing, they are almost equally as disgusting as Borisade and hopefully they will also suffer some consequences for perpetuating this reprehensible behavior.
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