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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Chicago Cop Stands Trial For Beating Motorist

James Mandarino, Suburban Chicago Police Officer, Stands Trial For Beating Motorist
The Huffington Post - January 24, 2011

A police officer from the Chicago suburbs stands trial Monday for a ruthless beating captured on his own squad car's dashboard video camera. James Mandarino, a Streamwood police officer, is charged with aggravated battery and official misconduct for the beating of 28-year-old Ronald Bell. Bell and a friend, Nolan Stalbaum, were driving home from an Ultimate Fighting Championship match last April, according to the Chicago Tribune. They were stopped by Mandarino, who followed them a few blocks to Bell's driveway. Bell pulled up to his house, and Stalbaum got out of the car. But Mandarino emerged from his patrol car, firearm drawn, and Bell got back into the driver's seat. The officer then used his stun-gun on Stalbaum, who was already out of the car, making him collapse in a heap on the stairs. For a few minutes, Mandarino speaks to Bell -- the video has no sound, but Bell appears docile and compliant. Then, with Bell on his knees, hands behind his head, Mandarino starts relentless beating Bell with his metal baton, hitting him 15 times before he collapses to the pavement. All this is captured on the video camera in Mandarino's squad car. Still, according to NBC Chicago, the officer's union lawyer claims he is denying any wrongdoing. Bell and Stalbaum have also filed a federal lawsuit against Mandarino.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Chicago cops are KKK gangstalking terorrists, I have them for over 14 broken federal laws and cant find a police misconduct lawyer in over 2 years, Cops are slandering my name to the lawyers and thats one of my counts in my lawsuit. They got me harassed and fired from my job, 1 beer DUI false arrest,obstructing justice, police harassment plus many other violations. Still no lawyer since Feb. 2009