A former Miami Gardens police officer was charged Thursday with battery and misconduct for allegedly tasing a Black woman’s stomach while he pressed his knee to her neck outside a Miami-area strip club, and then misrepresenting the incident in his police report.
30-year-old Jordy Yanes Martel, who is Hispanic, is captured in a video taken by a bystander reaching into Safiya Satchell’s SUV, dragging her out, and then pinning her to the floor with his knee.
Martel was fired, and charged with official misconduct for filing two reports containing false details about his interaction outside a strip club with Satchell, 33, which happened on January 14, the Miami Herald reported.
Martel had arrested Satchell on charges of battery on a cop and resisting with violence charges that have since been dismissed.
Martel, who has been a police officer for just under two years, surrendered Thursday morning and was booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.
If you’re an officer that has broken policy or acted under color of law with a belief that Black lives don’t matter, you ought to be looking over your shoulder because the chickens have finally come home to roost, Satchell’s lawyer, Jonathan Jordan, said.
My client deserves to witness justice be served in this prosecution against this former officer where so many others in her position have not been as fortunate.
Satchell and a friend were at the Tootsies Cabaret strip club when she got into an argument with a manager over food.
The manager refused to refund her money and she left, reportedly throwing money at a waitress.
The manager went to Martel, and another officer, who were working security at the club.
Satchell got into her Mercedes SUV, but a security guard stood in front of the car, stopping her from leaving.
Martel walked up to the driver’s side and asked to speak to Satchell, who gave Martel her ID.
According to prosecutors, the officer asked Satchell to come to his patrol car, so he could issue her a trespassing warning.
Satchell asked if she could drive to the cop car as she was not wearing shoes.
I don’t care about that – Get your shoes on and come with me, Martel said.
At this point, the scuffle broke out.
Martel said Satchell closed the window on his hand, then began stroking me. Once out of the SUV, he claimed, she resisted by tensing and kicking, then punched him on the lip.
But Satchel rejected the account.
Investigators determined that the video showed Martel’s arrest report contained a slew of false statements, the Miami Herald reported, including that he was helping her out of the SUV and that Satchell was kicking.
By filing these criminal charges today against Miami Gardens officer Jordy Yanes Martel, we are saying that these actions are just plain wrong.
I’m here to affirm the chief’s decision to terminate him, because the operative word is former Miami Gardens police officer, Mayor Oliver Gilbert said at a Thursday press conference announcing the charges, reported NBC 6 South Florida.