Ex-Streamwood police officer and former Cop of the Year James Mandarino, 42, was found to be guilty of aggravated battery and official misconduct. He was charged in regards to an incident in which he beat up driver Ronald Bell on March 28th, 2010 after pulling him over on a routine traffic stop.
The account of police brutality was fortunately caught on videotape from the squad car that Mandarino was driving that night. On the video, he tasers the passenger of the vehicle twice. Then, he batters Bell with a baton about 15 times for absolutely no reason at all.
There was not choice but for Cook County Judge Thomas Fecarotta to give Mandarino a guilty verdict. "If a picture speaks a thousand words, the video speaks a million."
Mandarino is currently out on bond and will be sentenced on April 25th. He could face 2 to five years in prison as he was found guilty on both charges. Nobody deserves to be brutally attacked like Mr. Bell was clubbed in the videotape; he did nothing wrong.
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