Orlando Trinidad, 33, one of the officers indicted on conspiracy, official misconduct and assault, as a result of a Bloomfield police dashcam video arresting Marcus Jeter, talks with ABC’s Sarah Wallace, saying the video doesn’t tell the real story and that he feared for his life.
“It’s a 30 second clip of a 10 to 15 minute video. It doesn’t show you anything that led to that,” Trinidad said.
“You’re repeatedly hitting him,” Eyewitness News Investigative reporter Sarah Wallace said.
“He’s not giving me his hands. And at that point, I still don’t know if he’s got a gun on him,” Trinidad said.
“So now you get to the car and you hit him again,” Wallace said.
“That was to get him to stop resisting, to get him in the car, to get him to calm down,” Trinidad said.
Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia expressed outrage over the video and said he would “demand the immediate suspension of any officer involved in this police cover-up.” Venezia was criticized by Trinidad’s attorney, who said the mayor should reserve his “‘outrage’ until after this criminal trial is held.”