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Police Officer Convicted of Putting Gun to Man's Head

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cellphone video Prince George's County

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - Prince George's County police have released cellphone video of an officer who held a gun to a man's head, leading to a conviction on four criminal charges.

Officer Jenchesky Santiago was convicted by a judge on Wednesday of two counts of assault, a handgun offense and misconduct in office.

The cellphone video shows Santiago holding a gun to a man's head and ordering him to get back inside a car. Prosecutors say Santiago had accused the man of parking illegally when he had not. No one was injured in the incident, which occurred in Bowie in May 2014.

Santiago has been suspended without pay since his indictment in March. Chief Mark Magaw will decide whether to fire the officer once an internal investigation is complete.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.