Cop who put gun to man’s head during traffic stop found guilty of assault, faces 45 years in prison
- In May, Officer Jenchesky Santiago was caught on videotape repeatedly threatening a man with a gun
- The victim, William Cunningham, had tried to enter his home after a traffic stop gone wrong in Bowie, Maryland
- Santiago placed the gun to the man’s head and mouth
- The cop was suspended in June
- The officer now faces 45 years in prison after being found guilty on all counts
- ‘His behavior is flagrant, appalling and isolated,’ said Police Chief Mark Magaw
A police officer in Bowie, Maryland faces 45 years in prison after being found guilty of placing a gun to a man’s head during a traffic stop.
Officer Jenchesky Santiago, a two-year veteran of the force, was convicted on charges of first and second degree assault, misconduct in office and the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence, according to Fox 5 DC.
Santiago, who is white, had accused a man of parking illegally outside of a home. Prosecutors said he did not.
When that man’s passenger, William Cunningham, who is black, tried to enter his home, and the cop used his gun to stop him, according to WUSA9.
The situation, which happened in May 2014, escalated.
Santiago was seen on video, taken by the victim’s cousin, repeatedly pointing a gun at the victim, including at one point placing it close to the man’s head.
‘Get back over there, get back in the car,’ the officer shouts at the man as he pushes him away from a house in Bowie.
‘You put a gun to my head!’ the man protests.
‘You’re right,’ says the cop.
He then continues to push the man towards the car, but when the victim turns around, the officer points the gun directly at the man’s forehead.
‘I’m not going to tell you again!’ the cop screams.
Officer Santiago (center) had been on the force for only two years when the disturbing incident happened
The victim, William Cunningham, was trying to enter his house when Officer Santiago began screaming at him to get back in a car, and pointed a gun at his head – above, the victim (left) with family and (right) with his wife, Shaketta
The victim continues to stand still, staring down the barrel of a gun for a few tense moments. At one point the officer appears to put the gun to the victim’s mouth.
The cop continues to scream at the man to get into the car before he grabs him by the neck and again pushes him.
‘I dare you to f***ing fight me, son,’ the cop says.
The victim eventually puts his arms in the air and then places them on top of the car.
The officer then orders the victim’s cousin out of the vehicle and the video ends.
Santiago was suspended in June.