Update: Here’s the latest news segment on the incident with interviews from the victim’s brother, who witnessed the beating.
It was only a few years ago that James Mandarino was named Officer of the Year.
Today, he is facing felony charges after viciously striking a man 15 times with his baton, leaving him with a concussion.
The entire incident was caught on his dash cam, proving that you don’t have to have brains to be named Officer of the Year when you work for the Streamwood Police Department in suburban Chicago.
The beating occurred last month after Mandarino pulled over a car for squealing its tires shortly before 4 a.m., according to The Chicago Tribune.
The driver, Ronald Bell, pulled into the driveway of his brother’s home. The video shows Bell complying with the officer, including stepping out of the car with his hands on his head and getting down on his knees.
Mandarino then started beating him. He also used his Taser on Bell’s passenger although that part is not clear on the available video.
Bell was charged with resisting a police officer and reckless driving. His passenger was charged with resisting an officer.
All charges were dropped once prosecutors saw the video.
Mandarino, 41, a 15-year police veteran, could face a minimum of five years in prison if convicted on the felony aggravated battery and official misconduct charges.
We all know that bastard will end up with a slap on his wrist.