WASHINGTON — A Prince George’s County police officer has been found guilty on charges of assault and misconduct for an incident in which he held a gun to a Bowie man’s head last year.
A citizen recorded cell phone video of the assault on May 10, 2014.
Jenchesky Santiago, who is white, can be seen holding the gun to a black man’s head and repeatedly yelling, “Get back in the car!”
No one was injured.
Prince George’s County Police Chief Mark Magaw condemned Santiago’s actions on Wednesday and released the cell phone video to the public.
Santiago is currently suspended without pay.
“The actions Officer Santiago chose to take that day are his alone. His behavior is flagrant, appalling and isolated. His actions are among the worst I’ve seen as Chief of Police and that will be taken into account when I make a decision about his employment,” said Chief Mark Magaw.
Magaw later said in a news conference he is “recommending termination.”
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Santiago had been employed the PGPD for two years at the time of the incident.
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