Man Facing Prison Cleared After Release Of Bloomfield Police Dashcam

A police dashcam video cleared Marcus Jeter, 30, of Bloomfield, of a multitude of criminal charges, including eluding police and assault, reports 7 Online‘s Sarah Wallace.

Prosecutors had not seen the video when they pursued criminal charges against Jeter. The video shows Jeter with his hands in the air and being punched by one of the officers.

As soon as Prosecutors saw this video, they dismissed all of the charges against Jeter. Interesting to note, an investigation by Bloomfield PD’s scandal plagued internal affairs division had found no wrongdoing by officers.

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  1. I am apalled watching the officers performing for the carcam- yelling “stop risiting arrest” and “stop grabbing for my gun” while all the while Jeter had his hands up and later when he was handcuffed.

    The fact that they didn’t give the prosecutors the carcam tape and that their was a State Police Officer on the scene who didn’t turn them in.

    How many times has this happened in Bloomfield- they certainly seemed well rehearsed in their performance.

    This will be another lawsuit that the Taxpayers pay for.

    We need a FORENSIC AUDIT of the Police Department and an investigation by the NJ Attorney General.

    Then their is the corruption charge by the now suspended Acting Chief of police (looks like a violation of the whistleblowing laws and another lawsuit in the making) against one of the members of Bloomfield’s town council for interfering with the Police Department and attempting to fix a ticket. Doesn’t the Municipal Court have to be involved if there is ticket fixing? Another investigation needed by the NJ Attorney General!

  2. Baristanet- please post the 3 officers names- 2 were indicted and 1 pled guilty. We would like to know how long they have been on the force and how long this type of Police behavior has been going on.

  3. According to the Channel 7 video, at the end, they identify the two who pled not guilty as Sean Courter and Orlando Trinidad.

  4. Hired in 2004 & 2006. Will someone be examining the cases where they convicted the people that were arrested by them. I certainly hope so.

    The third cop plead guilty to tampering- what is his fate? Has he retired? Is he collecting a Bloomfield pension?

  5. In a more perfect world, they would be placed on a boat, with a dash-cam watching them cower in fear as it purposely begins to fill with water and ultimately sinks. Law breaking bullies in magic blue costumes deserve no less.

    In a more perfect world, they would have respect for the laws that they are deputized to uphold. We don’t live in that world.

  6. And btw, their only mistake was that they finally got caught. You can bet this ain’t their first rodeo. This kind of behavior is in their DNA, the same way lying is in a politician’s DNA.

  7. I don’t condone their actions in any way, shape or form, but don’t lump all police officers together. The majority of law enforcement officers are good people who have dedicated their lives to upholding our laws.

    This was wrong on so many levels.

  8. It’s so disgusting because they have violated public trust- we expect our police to have a high ethical standard. The fact that Internal Affairs found that nothing was wrong is also very troubling and should be investigated.

  9. srosen, I suggest you consider exiting your “cops aren’t all bad” bubble. Police forces across the country have systematically been militarized and arrayed & allied against the population. The “good cops” you speak have become a feckless minority drowned out by the shoot and loot mentality of a soldier class that sees the citizenry as a milk cow or steer. Either way, you are getting abused. Steer clear of any interactions at all with any law enfarcement. You engage them (at any level) at YOUR peril.

    http://www.copblock.org for a never-ending parade of sickening stories.

    Remember, they matter, you don’t.

  10. Geoff, I agree with you totally.

    My issue, aside from the obvious with the incident being discussed, comes with people like eventhorizon who paint the law enforcement community with the broadest brush possible. It’s pure ignorance to group all officers together. The fact is, there are bad cops, bad firefighters, bad teachers, bad priests, bad waiters, bad doctors and so forth, yet only the cops are grouped together as all bad.

    Eventhorizon is the type of person to bad-mouth law enforcement, fawn over them when their services are need, and then return to the cowardly verbiage behind their backs. Furthermore, as he says, police officers are becoming more aggressive and militarized against the populations because weapons are more readily available (legally and illegally), thus putting them at higher risk.

    Again, the actions of these officers is totally unacceptable, and any officers involved with covering this up are as at fault as those on scene that day. The few taint the majority, not vice versa as eventhorizon would like everyone to believe.

    As disgusting as this incident is, the attitude displayed by event horizon is right up there with it.

  11. Posters tend to paint everyone with a wide brush, srosen. Cops are not being singled out here. I happen to think that eventhorizon is overstating it, but we don’t really know how pervasive this kind of behavior is.

  12. “but we don’t really know how pervasive this kind of behavior is.” Ask people you know who are black and see how pervasive this kind of behavior is for them. I believe the answer will surprise you.

  13. I even agree with Statey and Event. This stuff goes on all the time all over the country. Not only that, the thuggery has become institutionalized. Cops steal peoples houses, cars, or anything else they own upon arrest and if they are ultimately excreted from the politico-educational-criminal-injustice beast as innocent too bad. The head of this monstrous beast, the Supremes okay this.
    Now every Podunk dept spends scads of taxpayer money on SWAT training, using it to kill innocent, men, women, children, even dogs! Happens all the time. There’s a town in New Hamshire, bless their Don’t tread on me hearts where a citizen is working to forbid the police from buying MRAPS.
    The fact that for thirty years a detective forced hundreds of innocents to go to jail for decades via bullying, lying, coercing, perjuring is just another sign of what the totalitarian “some are more egual than others” mindset is pervasive and growing at a terrifying pace. There’s no bubble blowing away these facts. I hope these cops are terminated and pensions removed. There’s no excuse.

  14. The bubble some live in around here must be very warm and fuzzy. The real world that law enfarcement currently inhabits and abuses is one not to be trifled with. I have no need for their services, offer nothing that couldn’t be handled by any well-trained citizen with concealed carry, and I detest the leech-f**kery such hero worship ultimately affords the costumed class. They add no value, produce nothing, and they just take as part of a system designed to bleed us dry.

    That I say it, absolutely does not make it true, but the evidence overwhelmingly suggests otherwise. Remember, those pensions aren’t going to fund themselves. The fact is that they are on the public dole for a job they elected to do. If they don’t like the risks, do something else.

    You keep believing the “protect and serve” fallacy is happening until the day your door is the wrong raid address and your dog gets vented because he was coming over to say hello or just protecting his parent and your property gets seized into the system, and you get ground into dust as the machine leaves what remains of you and yours as a smoking lifeless shell, robbed of everything including time, money, soul, sanity, etc.

    They protect the status quo and serve masters that do not include you. You will continue to be strip-mined until the day that those patently un-payable pension guarantees cannot be paid. That which cannot be paid, won’t.

    You think things are cool with law enfarcement, just ask this guy in Brooklyn from this story last week (he was set to be put away for 5 years): https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/cops-slam-brooklyn-man-parked-suv-busted-driving-license-suit-article-1.1622184

    Every cop should have to wear an untamperable video recording device (for their protection) and citizens have a legal right (except in Chicago) to record public servants in public places doing their public duty (as long as they are not interfering. Yeah right. Just ask this guy from last week in NYC: https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/allegedly-assaults-man-recording-article-1.1620037

    You deal with the police at your own peril: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wXkI4t7nuc

    Know your rights.

  15. Sorry roo if I came off as preachy. Anyone with their eyes open knows this kind of thing happens, even here in our inclusive utopia, but it’s taken some honest late night conversations with good friends of color, some I grew up with, some who I have known only a few years, for me to understand just how pervasive racism is in law enforcement in NJ. It’s not like every person has a story, everyone has multiple stories, that range from grade school to the present. And the thing that struck me most about the subject was how matter of fact my black friends spoke about the racism they’ve encountered. It was just a matter of day to day reality.

    I’m just hopeful that with a video camera in every patrol car and a camera in everyone’s hands we’ll get less of this and more officer’s realizing they won’t get away with it.

  16. All of this happeded in 2012 and one of the officers was allowed to retire in May of 2013- our town council knew and approved and yet Mayor Venezia is only now calling for an investigation- but he knew )at least from May 2013 when it came up in a closed session of a Town Council meeting. So what did the Bloomfield Town Council Agree to?

    May 13th 2013- Closed session Town Council meeting

    B. PERSONNEL
    1. Police Agreement Release & Resignation _________ _________

    “The second video then shows Jeter being pulled out and assaulted by officers, who repeatedly shout to Jeter “stop resisting arrest.”

    Bloomfield police officer Sean Courter has been charged with conspiracy, official misconduct, tampering with public records and falsifying or tampering with records, and false swearing,” Carter said. The second officer, Orlando Trinidad, is charged with the same five charges, and is also indicted on aggravated assault. According to news reports, Courter and Trinidad pleaded not guilty on Friday in Superior Court in Newark.

    A third officer, Albert Sutterlin, took early retirement, according to Brown. According to news reports, Sutterlin had pleaded guilty to tampering. It is not known when he retired.

    Jeter has not filed a civil lawsuit at this time, Brown said.

    “I am outraged by the police dashboard video, and the fact that these charges were initially dismissed by our Internal Affairs division,” Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia said in an email statement. “This behavior is unacceptable. I have contacted the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office to request an investigation of our police department’s Internal Affairs division.

    “As your mayor, I will fight to assure that utmost professionalism is maintained by our police department, and that the department is representative of the majority of our good officers and not the actions of a few bad ones. I will demand the immediate suspension of any officer involved in this police cover-up, and fight to purge our department of any bad officers.” Venezia added.

    – See more at: https://www.northjersey.com/news/246931571_Prosecutor__Police_cam_exonerates_Bloomfield_man.html?page=all#sthash.tE6nAGON.NkvRZwRL.dpuf

  17. Wow Pat. I’d love to know what the Town Council knew and when they knew it. They allowed the third officer to quietly resign after pleading guilty. They would not have signed off on a release if they didn’t have some background. Mimi’s comment on the linked story is spot on – “big issues with the coverup of this mess”. I’m honestly amazed they’ve been able to keep the wraps on this for so long.

    The defense lawyer says it took an Open Public Records Act request to get the second video, but the spokeswoman for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said “The charges are linked to the fact that a second video came to light during the course of this investigation”. Surely the BPD knew the second video existed, and it seems likely that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office would have requested all the videos. Then why did it take an OPRA request by the defense to get the video?

    There is much here that stinks.

  18. I should rephrase. They allowed the third officer to quietly RETIRE after pleading guilty. I wonder if that means he keeps his full pension and benefits.

  19. Retirement procedures and pensions are governed by the respective public employee retirement system board, in this case, the NJ Police and Fire Retirement System (NJPFRS). The municipal governing body has no authority in the matter, especially in the absence of a serious criminal conviction.

    Two observations: Bloomfield Police Sgt John Sierchio was in the BPD Internal Affairs Division while this incident was allegedly being covered up. Sierchio was also, at the time, the chairman of the NJPFRS Board of Trustees (as one of two elected active police officer representatives) and is still on the board. Draw your own conclusions.

  20. Dave, no reality check needed. It seems that people are of the impression that I back the PD without limitations. As I’ve stated, there are bad people in every part of society and in every occupation. The officers in the video, particularly Officer Trinidad, appeared to be “veterans” at this kind of behavior. However, I do not believe that the majority of law enforcement officers are bad. I’ve known bad cops, and I’ve seen what they get away with.

    With approximately 800,000 law enforcement officers in the US, I find it hard to believe that over 400,000 are bad. What the statistics don’t address is the number of repeat offenders in that population of officers that are bad. I’d bet that the number of repeat offenders make-up the majority of abuse cases by law enforcement officers, thus giving all others a bad rap.

    Either way, I’m not naive. But, I’m also not going to be convinced that law enforcement is bad or part of a conspiracy agains the citizenry. If you think there is a conspiracy and that the majority of officers are bad, than that is your opinion. Don’t call them when you need help. I’ll continue to use 911 and teach my kids to use it because help will come.

  21. I agree with srosen. There are good and bad in every profession. However, if you think the majority of police officers are bad and there is a conspiracy afoot, don’t call them. If your child is having an unexplained seizure, or you think you’re having a heart attack, or you’ve just been witness to a bad auto accident, just don’t call them.

  22. not the point frobnitz. Everyone understands there is good and bad in every profession. I think you find a disproportionate amount of “bad” when standards and prerequisites of any institution are as low as they are for most police departments. I’ll put it this way. I don’t want the guy or girl who was picked last in gym class to be a police officer, same goes for the class bully, same goes for those with C averages, same for those with not an ounce of higher education or real world experience. You get the point. These folks have the power to use lethal force if necessary, they should be of the highest caliber in every single walk of life. Shouldnt be too hard to jack up our standards.

  23. There are good and bad in every profession, but most professions don’t involve carrying a weapon and wielding power over others. With that power must come increased accountability. There has to be a higher standard for law enforcement, and there has to be more in place to weed out the bad cops.

  24. Walking while Black in NYC. And Newark

    Driving while Black everywhere else.

    The only news here is some folks will take a moment the next time they hear some cop give his “description” of what happened.

    For the rest of us with dark skin, we only pray we (or our children) are not next.

  25. I didn’t realize they were supposed to be a likeness.

    Hmmmmm, You do you think Mr. Roo an animal?

    Or you a coffee cup with a pink background?

    And funny, all this time I thought pat gilleran was my black cat– they of the same eyes, you know.

    However, from the gentle confines of my Palatial Estate in UPPER Montclair, you made me smile. Take heart in providing such kindness.

  26. Stay-I agree with you totally, but the reality is that standards have been compromised over time to accommodate groups that lobby for “equiality” or “leveling the playing field.”

    Personally, I believe that the standard should be as required by the job, but it isn’t. There is a formula that has to be abided by. The Chicago Fire Department has been sued numerous times for racial inequality among the ranks. During the 80’s the department went so far as to hire a black owned test origination company to write the tests (written and physical). After it was administered, the percentage of minorities that passed didn’t change. The department had to re-write the test again at a lower level. Chicago is constantly sued for racial inequlity among the departments.

    Just this year the FDNY gave a hispanic woman six chances to pass the running portion of the final exam. Everyone else got 2-3 chances. She received extra chances due to her minority status. She never passed and “chose” not to continue.

    NJ is no different. The tests are written to attract a mix of applicants that reflects the population, regardless of education or scores on the test.

    But just so you know, our department has quite a few veterans (real-world experience).

    I don’t care what race, sex, etc. our police force is as long as it is honest and professional. I do believe the majority of officers are just that.

  27. @srosen. Nothing you wrote is a reason NOT to ask for higher standards. Maybe something like 4-year degree + 4 years of work experience in any industry or field and 3 letters of recommendation along with a multitude of other personal references. Im more concerned with the written test than the physical test to be honest and it should be no easier than the CPA exam. On the qualitative front any candidate should have to demonstrate and prove ability to make decisions under difficult circumstances. In a vacuum this may sound crazy but keep in mind we are giving these people GUNS!!!!!!!!!! We need the A team, not a group of scrubs.

  28. silverleaf, in another forum my avatar is Miss Cleo, but I’m not black, a woman, nor clairvoyant. Just sayin.

  29. All good prof; glad I brought a little sunshine into an otherwise blustery day; but aren’t you are being just a slight bit disingenuous?

    As you know, my avatar, like others who choose not to post one, is a default.

    And if roo’ chooses to identify with a marsupial, or pat gilleran a black cat, so be it. Who am I to argue? But what they didn’t do is say something that ran contrary or counter to image posted. In pat gillerans’s case, for example, “For the rest of us canine’s, . . . ”

    But pheeew, glad you rationalized that all away. Thought you were going to try to convince us that Kingsfield was Black. Or that you are a “White” professor living in the gentile confines of a Palatial estate in UPPER Montclair.

  30. Properly ensconced in my 100+ year old Estate, while “gentile,” is, alas, gentle for my well being.

    As for the silly Avatar, I’m sorry if you felt some desire that it properly represent the words of this commenter.

    But excuse me, I have to attend a Black History ceremony honoring Mark Thackeray.

  31. @stay-I don’t disagree with you at all. But, rather than raising the bar or maintaining it, the standards have been dropping.

  32. prof, I am sure you meant, “As for the silly Avatar, I’m sorry if you felt some desire that it DOESN’T properly represent the words of this commenter.” Just a Freudian slip, I’m sure. Do you teach psychology?

  33. Nothing reminds me more of the “old,” Deb Galant-era Baristanet than a bunch of (I’d wager, with but one prominent exception) white liberals jumping on the cops.

    But it also reminds very well of the basic futility which reigns on this site. No, the police are never perfect. Far from it. But they are what we’ve got, and the argument seemingly put forth by some above that specifically black cops might have been more sensitive seems a bit misguided. Officer Orlando Trinidad, one guesses, is a “person of color.” (As is Hector Cartagena, who was recently punished by the Bloomfield PD for taking time off and claiming it was for military service.) A thoroughly integrated police department is probably no guarantee of anything else. Save, perhaps, equal opportunity for official misconduct.

    The job, for better or worse, attracts authoritarian personality types. It would do well for all posting above to remember this. That noted, would any of you truly prefer a “kinder, gentler” type of police force? I doubt it. Even the worthy Frank Serpico was of limited value in the end.

  34. Frank Serpico was good cop who refused to take “dirty” money and who was not “on the take” as they say. Frank Serpico was of “limited value in the end” because he was shot in the face during a drug bust in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 1971. The two other scum bag police officers with him would not come to his aid. He lay unattended and bleeding while his backup refused to put a call in HQ requesting an ambulance. He survived this incident only because a total stranger in an adjacent apartments heard the shots and came to his aid. To this day he suffers permanent damage as a result of the shooting.

    It was for no other reason that FranK Serpico was of “limited value in the end.”

  35. Having family and friends who are cops, I recognize the difficulty with the job. HOWEVER, when a passenger has his hands up and a cop punches him, smashes his window, screams (lying) “why are you going after my gun,” and makes up an entire scenario to justify his “authoritarian personality,” even you cathar must object.

    This was not a grey example.

    This was black and white.

    The dash cam don’t lie. Cops (some) however, do.

  36. Dear prof – I admit it- I’m white…and that’s not my cat…does it help that my son and granddaughter are mixed race and that I and my son’s father were spat upon and harassed when we were together and lived in NYC?

    I do like the look of my avatar and don’t plan on changing it.

  37. SRosen – So, but for the “standards hav[ing] been compromised over time to accommodate groups that lobby for ‘equiality’ (sic) or ‘leveling the playing field'”, black/minority citizens would otherwise be safe from the types of abuse shown in this video? No offense, but for most blacks the “standards” employed by the police have historically never been that high – mostly because the intellect/temperament required to simultaneously handle the inherent danger/high stress of the job, the diversity of people with whom PD come in contact, and the absolute requirement that police officers ADHERE TO THE LAW (their job is, after all, to uphold and enforce it!), don’t always lend themselves to, say, common core type testing. In fact, if the tests could accurately probe, say, a person’s “integrity,” it might be safe to bet that, at least as far as blacks are concerned, too many PD would fail. But nice that you can so easily attribute this abuse (the systemic cover-up, too?) to compromised testing standards (just write “affirmative action” next time; fewer syllables). Of course, it would also be nice to know your explanation for the centuries of abuse that happened in this country prior to the compromised testing standards….

  38. WAY too much info, pat.

    I don’t care too much about race- and certainly never as “proof” of ones bona fides. I’ve met Black folks who don’t know too much about race, or its place in American life. AND White folks who know everything about it.

    Same thing when a woman says, “as a woman….” I hate any discussion where a speaker pulls a “card.”

    That said, because of your comment, and my position as the Arbiter of All Things Black (AATB), I nearby grant you permission to post on race without fear of retribution. If someone comments on a post, please tell them that you have been bless with permission from the AATB, not to be confused with the HNIC. ;0)

    Oh, and my comment was about how much your avatar looks like my little cat, and yes- I can imagine him sneaking away and posting from my iPad.

    As you.

  39. “And if roo’ chooses to identify with a marsupial, or pat gilleran a black cat, so be it. Who am I to argue? But what they didn’t do is say something that ran contrary or counter to image posted.”
    POSTED BY silverleaf | FEBRUARY 26, 2014 @ 1:06 PM

    I hope this helps your enigmatic clarification problem

    “The simplest type of avatar is a small graphics file used on websites. Websites that offer chat boards often allow members to upload an image to represent themselves. The avatar can be a real-life digital photo of the person using it, but is more often an image intended to be a creative alter ego. This might be a game-rendered snapshot of a beast, hero, or heroine; a humorous picture of a pet or cartoonish character; or a design that makes a statement. The image appears alongside the user’s posts, easily identifying the author for others at a glance.”

    I’m thinking the prof is portraying himself a pussycat at heart whilst a hard balled (word describing Kingfield) in the classroom and has nothing to do with his ethnicity.

  40. For those of you who have not either read the novel or seen the movie “The Paper Chase”, Professor Charles Kingsfield was an imperious, pseudo aristocratic Harvard Law School professor. One of his first year students was schtupping his daughter, drinking his brandy, and smoking his cigars right under his nose in his own home, all with great delight and impunity.

    Seems to me that the our prof would have been better advised identifying with the student rather than the teacher.

  41. @dwb-I don’t attribute any of this incident to anything besides bad people. Not the testing, not the standards, nothing. I was responding to other posters regarding the need for recruiting the candidates above a C-average, etc.

    This act is reprehensible and there is no excuse for what happened. No ifs, ands, or buts about it!

  42. Some make the statement that there are a larger number of good officers. If this is the case why is it that so many “bad officers” are not charged for their indiscretions witnessed by all of these good officers. Guilt and participation comes in forms of not revealing a crime. Does anyone know how many officers turn in police officers that misbehave and violate or murder citizens? From the silence that exist from all these good cops it seems that they are somewhat complicit in the crime by their passive stance.

  43. I refrain from telling my experiences with police and suffer in silence, because the pain is to much to bear when people do not believe the poor treatment that black males endure at the hands of law enforcement.

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