A man wrongfully arrested and beaten by police in Bloomfield will receive a $1.6 million settlement, according to a Friday press release.
Marcus Jeter was stopped while driving on the Garden State Parkway in June 2012 and accused of trying to grab an officer’s gun, eluding and resisting arrest. Jeter faced five years in prison from the charges.
Dashcam footage showed that Jeter had his hands up after officers broke his car window and dragged him from the vehicle. One officer also struck Jeter as he was pulled from the car, as previously reported by NorthJersey.com.
“What happened to Mr. Jeter sounds like something we would expect in some far-away totalitarian regime with no regard for truth or due process — not the great state of New Jersey,” said Jeter’s attorney Tracey Hinson in a press release. “The vast majority of police officers in New Jersey and across the country faithfully serve their citizens. But some are not fit to be police officers.”
Two Bloomfield officers, Sean Courter and Orlando Trinidad, were convicted in November 2015 of official misconduct and related charges for submitting false police reports about Jeter’s arrest. They were sentenced to five years in prison. A third officer involved in the arrest pleaded guilty in October 2013 to tampering with records.
Bloomfield police officers were called to Jeter’s home when he and his girlfriend got into a verbal dispute, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. Jeter voluntarily left the home and the premises. Courter followed Jeter onto the Garden State Parkway and stopped him. Courter tried to get Jeter to leave his vehicle but he refused saying he feared for his life. Courter then called for back up.
“The events of that night in June 2012 have fundamentally affected me and my view of the world,” said Jeter. “While I still struggle with anxiety whenever I see a police car or see instances of police brutality on the news, I am grateful to close this chapter and can hopefully continue on my path of getting my life back in order.
“I hope that my ordeal sheds light on this kind of unlawful conduct by law enforcement officers and empowers other people falsely accused of crimes — and prosecutors — to take a public stand against such conduct.”