The tale of the police dashcam video has now helped clear a Bloomfield, New Jersey man who faced a multitude of charges.
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.
This is why we need dashboard and body cameras everywhere.
The most terrifying part of this to me was the one who kept yelling “stop trying to get my gun” and “stop resisting arrest” when Jeter was literally standing there with his hands up in terror being beaten by the three of them.
Obviously he was partly playing to the recording, but there’s a kind of deeply creepy self-delusional aspect to it, also — like he’s convincing himself of this narrative. I’m sure that’s how a lot of this happens — that cops really do convince themselves that they’re in danger, or defending themselves, or upholding justice, even when that is insane when you look at it from outside.
FWIW, having looked at a bunch of reviews, the G1W dashboard cam looks like a good bet if you want to try and get one for your own car. It’s ~$50.