Attorney: What happened after woman beaten by cop?
Paramedics arrive 15 minutes after Mayra Martinez punched by officer
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The attorney for a woman beaten by a rookie officer while she was in handcuffs says he has more questions about what happened to his client after the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office released the full video of the incident Monday.
The sheriff fired officer Akinyemi Borisade after cameras captured footage of him repeatedly striking Mayra Martinez, 31, while she was in handcuffs just outside the jail.
The new video, which is more than two hours long, shows it took 15 minutes for paramedics to arrive and revive Martinez after she fell to the floor unconscious. In the meantime, the officers in the video ignore her limp body on the floor of the sallyport.
John Phillips, Martinez's attorney, said he wants to know what happened to her after rescue crews left the scene.
“At some point after this video ends, they strap her down in some chair, and again we ask why? Why can't we get this information?” Phillips said.
News4Jax requested video of Martinez strapped to the restraining chair, but JSO told the I-TEAM Martinez was never placed in such a chair.
Phillips claims Martinez needs more medical attention and he is not getting the information he needs from JSO to help her. He said he has put the city and sheriff on notice that a lawsuit is pending.
“The problem is we are in the dark and it's frustrating,” Phillips said.
Phillips said his heart aches for his client, and the incident as a whole is shocking and offensive.
"It's one of the most egregious breaches of civil rights all-around that I've ever seen," Phillips said. “You wouldn't treat a dog like that. She was knocked out, knocked unconscious and no officer rendered aid. At what point does support and protect turn into ignore?"
Phillips said he's concerned that police continued to questions Martinez after she requested an attorney.
“I don’t even know what time it was. It was the middle of the night, and two officers came to question me about the guy that hit me, and I wasn’t even focused on that,” Martinez told the I-TEAM last week. “I’m just trying to figure out why I’m here. I didn’t realize he had hit me like that.”
The State Attorney's Office isn’t commenting on the case, saying it's an active investigation against the officer.
JSO still has not released information about the other officers seen standing around during the beating and not helping Martinez afterward.
Attorney Rhonda Peoples-Waters said their lack of assistance is a civil rights violation and police are avoiding the issue.
“The failure to intervene that we kind of tiptoed around. Officers who even watch other officers clearly violate what may be a person's civil rights, they also have a duty to protect the citizens,” Peoples-Waters said.
Police release full video of officer beating woman
About 1 hour and 7 minutes into the video, Martinez, who was charged with trespassing and resisting arrest, is brought into the sallyport.
Fourteen minutes later, it appears Martinez is yelling at an officer.
Eleven minutes after that, Borisade walks over and shoves Martinez into a wall. She kicks him and then he punches her.
Phillips said that part of the video is medically important.
"Her doctors need to see how long she was passed out. I mean it's so significant and to withhold it for, now 2 1/2 weeks, it really is frustrating. It's unfortunate," Phillips said.
In the video, paramedics arrived 15 minutes later.
They tended to Martinez on the ground. She was not transported to the hospital.
After 10 minutes of tending to her, the paramedics walked away but remained in the sallyport.
Thirteen minutes later, Martinez is seen against a trash can, trying to flip the lid with her feet.
Seconds later, she sat up on her own.
Less than two minutes after she sits up, she's led into the jail.
Phillips said that his team is not blaming emergency medical technicians, but the officer who hit Martinez.
"The officer is the first and foremost candidate on our list. He's the one who breached her civil rights with physical force," Phillips said. "To leave her unconscious for 10 minutes is stunning and offensive. And then to render aid and still leave her in there, it's just you don't want your daughters treated like that. And we should all treat each other like we want to be treated."
News4Jax also obtained video last month, which appears to be shot by a dashboard camera, taken in a parking lot in front of Scores, an adult club on University Boulevard at Philips Highway. According to the police report, they were called to the bar to escort Martinez from the property because she was drunk and belligerent after quitting work on her first day.
Martinez told the News4Jax I-TEAM last week that she's recovering from a concussion and nerve damage.
The sheriff said he is investigating the actions of the other officers in the video.
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