Apparently, the State’s Attorney in Cook County has more principles than either Bob Haida or Brendan Kelly in St. Clair County. I have been pursuing criminal charges against Fairview Heights Police originating with an unlawful traffic stop on Feb. 17, 2009. My story is here.
I will be contacting the Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney, Alexander Vroustouris, for some background on how charges were brought against the officer, James Mandarino.
Ronald Bell, 28, on March 28 at St. Alexis Hospital Hoffman Estates after prosecutors say he was beaten by Streamwood Police Officer James Mandarino. (Photo courtesy of Stacey Bell, victim’s brother) MORE PHOTOS
As Ronald Bell crouched on his hands and knees on his driveway, the Streamwood police officer started whaling away with his metal baton, striking Bell on his back.
Bell tried to block the blows with his right arm, but Officer James Mandarino then hit him on the head and arm — 15 times in all — until Bell collapsed to the pavement, clasping his head in his hands in a desperate attempt to shield himself from further abuse.
Bell was charged with resisting a police officer and reckless driving, both misdemeanors, and was issued a handful of traffic tickets, including driving under the influence.
But less than a day later, the attention of law enforcement shifted to Mandarino. A digital camera mounted on his squad car recorded every second of what Cook County prosecutors said was an unprovoked beating. The early-morning assault played out amid the headlights of the police cruiser as its windshield wipers swept back and forth in the rain. (See video HERE)
What I find interesting is that there are comments posted by police officers on this site where they appear to support the beating dispensed by this thug. The police mindset is disturbing.
I know this officer. Mandarino was one of my FTO’s, and I feel fortunate to have had the experience of working with him during my time on the department. I can’t comment on this incident; I wasn’t there. I CAN state, he’s one of the smartest and most trusted officers around. He’s respected and deserves that respect. Without a doubt, the news outlets are making their headlines by showing one minute of a five minute video (you can see the whole thing on youtube), crying foul for the offender, but in the process, negligently tarnishing the name and reputation of a good officer. It’s tragic.