MIAMI GARDENS (CBSMiami) – It’s stunning To watch, cell phone video showing Safiya Satchell being tased twice while former Miami Gardens Police Officer Jordy Martel has his knee on her neck.
“I was just humiliated, embarrassed, scared for my life,” said Satchell.
Satchell is a Temple University graduate with a criminal justice degree. This happened back in January. She ordered a meal at Tootsie’s Cabaret. After a disagreement with the server, Satchell said she paid her bill and left. As she tried to leave, that’s when she said she was stopped and had the run-in with Martel.
“When he put his hand in my car I knew something was wrong or it was about to escalate and it was about to go wrong. Once he got the door open and dragged me out it was just like all control was lost,” she said.
Satchell, who has three family members who are police officers, said she was terrified as this was happening. She recalled the fear of what happened.
“At that moment I didn’t know if I was being shot or tased, like I know my body, he was holding me down, the other officer was holding me down, so at that moment I didn’t know what was going on. All I could do was scream,” she said.
Martel faces two counts of official misconduct and four counts of battery. He’s out on bond.
“We intend to enter a plea of not guilty. He is innocent and we will prove that when we get to court,” said Martel’s attorney Jonathan Jordan.
He said he’s looking forward to the court date.
“Justice will be determined when a jury has a verdict in this case. We’re not asking for the state to extend a plea agreement to the former officer in this case. We want the jury to see the video, we want the jury to hear the facts. We want the judge to decide the appropriate sentence in this case.” he said.
Jordan pointed out that Satchell was arrested a few months after the incident at Tootsie’s. It happened after a traffic crash in Miami on June 5th.
According to the police report Satchell “seemed off balance.” When the officer “asked her to take a seat on the curb” she said, “I’m not going to sit down because I’m Black and that’s how you guys beat Black people up.”
She was arrested after police say she began yelling obscenities and would not give her driver’s license. She was charged with resisting an officer without violence and disorderly intoxication.
In the case against Martel, her attorney said the recent arrest is not admissible and said, “I hope Martel’s lawyer has a better defense at trial then to try to pin an inadmissible misdemeanor against her. The cell phone video of his assault against her speaks for itself and his criminal actions are justified by nothing.”
Martel was fired from the Miami Gardens Police Department. Not only does he face charges in this case, he’s also being investigated in another, unrelated case.