In Bloomfield, New Jersey DJ Marcus Jeter, 30, was charged with eluding police, assault and other crimes based on the sworn reports of two Bloomfield police officers. The officers accused him of fleeing a scene and then assaulting them after they were called to his home with his girlfriend. It was all a lie but multiple officers joined in framing Jeter. The problem was a police dash came video that prosecutors never bothered to review despite his denials. It was once again the media that did the due diligence and presented the evidence to the prosecutors who dropped the charges. Prosecutors however claim that the fault rests with the police.
Jeter said that he thought he was free to go. However, he was soon pulled over immediately but stayed in the car on the New Jersey Turnpike. One tape shows a second police car coming from the opposite direction, crossing the median into ongoing traffic, and then striking Jeter’s car. The collision is not mentioned in any of the police reports. He said that they had their guns out.
He is now free thanks to those dashcam tapes. It’s the video that prosecutors say they never saw when the pursued criminal charges against 30 year-old Marcus Jeter . In the video, his hands were in the air. He was charged with eluding police, resisting arrest and assault. One officer in the video can be seen throwing repeated punches.
You can clearly see Jeter pulling over and stopping on the side of the Garden State parkway. The cops pull out guns. He said that officers began hitting him while telling him not to resist arrest. The beating continues while he was in handcuffs. The videotape confirms his story and shows him not resisting.
Notably, the prosecutors did not review the evidence even though they were trying to put him away for five years. More importantly, the Bloomfield Police Department’s Internal Affairs fully investigated that complaint and cleared all of the officers.
Two Bloomfield police officers are now indicted for falsifying reports and one of them is charged with assault. A third has pleaded guilty to tampering. A third pleaded guilty early on to tampering.
However, as usual, there is no word on discipline for the prosecutors or the investigators who either failed to review the tapes or failed to turn them over. We not only have three officers involved but an Internal Affairs investigation that cleared the officers. I cannot imagine what they reviewed if not the dash cam video. If they reviewed it, there is the added element of collusion in this coverup to frame an innocent man. While the prosecutors are blaming the police, it is also unclear why a prosecutor doing due diligence would not demand and review the videos. The question is whether that demand was made by the prosecutor and whether the police lied or refused to turn over the evidence. That is a lot of questions to be answered before this matter is closed. However, given the poor record of police and prosecutors, a full record may not developed without a lawsuit and discovery.