Yonkers police officer Wayne Simoes, 39, has been acquitted by a jury, which reviewed this videotape of Simoes body slamming Irma Marquez, 44, face first into the floor — breaking her jaw and knocking her unconscious at a restaurant.
His attorney Andrew Quinn can be credited in the use of still photos to make his case that this was an accident and that the body slam was not intended to cause such injuries.
Officer Simoes insists that he was only trying to keep Ms. Marquez from interfering with medical technicians who were treating her niece after a bar fight and that she was drunk at the time.
Marquez is still suing the city’s Police Department for $11 million.
That is still better than the 10 years in prison that he was facing. The Justice Department is investigating the case and his superiors criticized him for the use of “excessive force.”
The case has some similarities to the recent Seattle case, here.
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