Ex-Miami Cop Gets 30-Day Sentence for Using Knee Hold on Pregnant Black Woman
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Ex-Miami Cop Gets 30-Day Sentence for Using Knee Hold on Pregnant Black Woman

A ex-cop from Florida, caught on video kneeling on a pregnant Black woman’s neck, has been given a 30-day jail term for his actions. This incident happened over three years ago on January 14, 2020.

As reported by WSVN, Jordy Martel, who was working at the Miami Gardens Police Department at the time, was found guilty in June on lesser charges of battery and trespassing in connection with the arrest of Safiya Satchell. The former officer assaulted Satchell outside Tootsie’s Cabaret, located at 150 NW 183 St., in Miami.

In addition to the 30-day jail term, Martel is obligated to complete 250 hours of community service, which will involve speaking to students at schools. Following the community service, he will be under probation for 18 months.

The 33-year-old was sentenced by Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Marisa Tinkler Mendez, who stated, “This is a case of abuse of authority.”

On Aug. 30, Stachell confessed in court, saying, “He changed me as a person, mentally and physically, and I’ve accepted, due to his actions, I’ll never be the same.”

Satchell expressed her thoughts on the judge’s decision after the sentencing.

She stated, that “I feel like justice was served somewhat. He is serving a little bit of jail time, so I’m thankful for that.” 

Jonathan Jordan, Satchell’s attorney, also made statement.

“A jury and this honorable court have sent message that it’s not okay for an officer to rip woman out of her car, throw her on the ground, and Tase her for doing nothing wrong,” Jordan said.

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