*The recently fired Miami Gardens police officer shown in a video from January holding his knee to a pregnant Black woman’s neck while tasing her multiple times in the stomach has been arrested and charged with battery and official misconduct.
Jordy Martel, who is Latino, has been fired and now faces charges after video from January 14, 2019 showed him dragging 33-year-old Safiya Satchell from her SUV, kneeling on her neck and using his Taser on her twice.
Satchell, who was four months pregnant, later miscarried. The video was recorded by her friend outside of Tootsies Cabaret, an adult club in Miami Gardens, a Florida city about 18 miles north of Miami.
According to Martel’s arrest report, he was working as an off-duty security guard at Tootsies when a manager complained that Satchell was “being disorderly and disrespectful” with staff. The manager asked Martel to issue Satchell a trespassing warning. Martel reportedly confronted Satchell in her Mercedes SUV and asked her to exit the vehicle. When she allegedly refused, Martel claimed he tried to open the vehicle door but she closed the window on his hand. After exiting the vehicle, Martel resisted him by tensing her body, kicking and punching him in the lip. He then used his Taser on her twice.
Watch the video below, followed by a news report of the officer being released from jail:
Martel had arrested Satchell on third-degree felony charges of resisting an officer with violence and battery on a law-enforcement office, however, the charges were later dropped by prosecutors.
Now, Martel faces charges for battery and official misconduct after he allegedly lied in two arrest reports on Satchell. He also has two unrelated complaints pending against him in the police department’s division of internal affairs.