Jenchesky Santiago: What Does It Take To Get Fired From PGPD?
Dec. 3, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — Every once in a while a story comes out that just makes you cringe.
The video, released by the Prince George’s County Police in Maryland, shows current Police officer Jenchesky Santiago putting his service pistol against the head of a citizen, Bill Cunningham, who is not doing what Santiago wanted him to do, which was to get back in the car. The incident happened on May 10, 2014.
On December 2, 2015, Santiago was convicted in court of first-degree assault, second-degree assault, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and malfeasance in office. He will be sentenced on January 8, 2016 and faces up to 45 year in prison. He will do a minimum of 5 years without parole.
Santiago contacted Cunningham because Cunningham was being dropped off at his house by a friend. Santiago claimed that the friend committed a parking violation.
A parking violation?
You’re going to threaten to kill someone over a parking violation?
By the way, the friend had not committed a parking violation either.
Santiago is heard telling Cunningham:
I dare you to f*cking fight me, son.
On learning of the matter, the PGPD suspended Santiago with pay. When he was indicted, it became suspended without pay.
Some believe that Santiago was showing off to two friends who were riding with him in his patrol car. Santiago was not authorized to have any riders. Now that he’s been convicted, the Chief of Police said that he will recommend that Santiago be terminated.
The guy has just been convicted of a major crime of violence, while on duty as a cop, and you’re going to “recommend” that he be terminated?
Maybe I’ve been in Texas too long, but down here, if you get indicted, you get fired. There is no question on terminating someone who has been convicted of a felony, because he will no longer have a peace officer license. The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement revokes those so fast that it’ll make your head spin. Okay, maybe it takes a while, but TCOLE revokes or suspends licenses rather quickly, and without a license, he can’t work as a cop. It is sort of like being disbarred for lawyers.
No one is supporting this fool, the guys at PoliceOne.com are super pissed off at him.
“Yep…another giant step back for LEO everywhere.”
“WTF was that retard thinking!”
“There was a conviction and the chief has to decide whether he’s going to fire Santiago? Where I work, a conviction for something along those lines guarantees termination.”
There was not a single comment in support, and one of the most ardent supporters of accused officers was right there with the others, watching from the sidelines as Santiago was run over by the bus he had jumped under.
Now that we have all the emotional stuff out of the way, let’s analyze this.
First, if an officer cannot be fired after this video was first viewed and investigated internally, there is something wrong. Even more so, why wasn’t he fired after he was indicted? The people of Prince George’s County should not have to wait to get rid of this guy.
If it is a matter of state law, then it needs to be changed. Same if it is a union contract.
I’m all for allowing officers to have due process and protecting their rights, but there is no profession in the United States that would not dump this idiot well before he was convicted.
I mean really, he’s going to threaten to kill someone over a parking violation? When it wasn’t even really a violation?
The bad judgment alone should be grounds for termination.
The public should not stand for this.
Oh, I almost forgot. Santiago also told Cunningham:
We’re PGPD; we shoot people.
It just makes me want to cringe.