The news is out: [A San Jose, California, police officer is facing an assault charge stemming from an incident in July in which he was seen on video beating a woman after he ordered her out of her car, prosecutors said.
The officer, Matthew Rodriguez, 36, was charged with unlawful assault and battery under color of authority, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday. Rodriguez was seen on cellphone and body camera video dragging and kicking a female driver during the stop in July, according to the DA.
Rodriguez and another officer stopped the woman, Esperanza Marin, in a McDonald’s parking lot over suspicion that the car’s driver was wanted for evading police twice before, police said at the time. She was in the car with two young children and a female friend, who was not named.
Police said the officers used force after the driver “failed to comply with their commands.”
The video, however, contradicted that claim, according to the district attorney’s office. Marin had gotten out of the vehicle and was on the ground as commanded when Rodriguez is alleged to have told her that he would kick her in the face, the district attorney’s office said.
Rodriguez is alleged to have kicked Marin in the stomach and dragged her several feet from the car by her handcuffs, according to the office. Marin was then arrested on suspicion of driving on a suspended license, possession of paraphernalia and resisting arrest, but the district attorney’s office declined to file charges.]
That’s what they do; the are public servants. To protect and serve, my ass.