Former police officer charged with battery after video shows him kneeling on Florida woman's neck

A former Miami-area police officer has been charged with battery and misconduct after footage surfaced of him putting his knee on a woman's neck and using a stun gun on her outside of a strip club in January.

The Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office said Thursday that Jordy Yanes Martel, 30, turned himself in and was held on $6,000 bail.

Charges against Martel stem from an alleged incident on Jan. 14 outside a strip club in Miami Gardens, NBC News reports.


Safiya Satchell, the accuser, was in her SUV when approached by Martel, who was working at the club as off-duty security, though was still in uniform. Reportedly, the manager of the strip club asked Martel to issue Satchell a trespassing warning because she allegedly threw a tip at a server as she left the club unhappy. The warning meant that if Satchell was to return to the club, she would could be charged with trespassing.

Body cam and cellphone footage shows Martel telling Satchell to get out of the car and walk with him to his patrol car so that he can write her a warning. Satchell wanted to drive to Martel's patrol car, but Martel can be heard saying "I'm gonna get you out of the car," if she doesn't get out of the car.

Satchell is heard responding "pull me out of the car," with Martel proceeding to do so. He then used a leg sweep to force Satchell to the ground, before using a stun gun on her twice and placing his knee on her neck.

According to filings, Satchell suffered bruises and abrasions and charges against her were eventually dropped.

"It is long overdue for civilian oversight of our cities’ police departments to ensure our officers are not just serving but protecting our community," Satchell's lawyer reportedly said in a statement. "If you’re an officer that has broken policy or acted under color of law with a belief that Black Lives don’t Matter, you ought to be looking over your shoulder because the chickens have finally come home to roost."

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, in its arrest affidavit for Martel, said that he lied on his arrest report and had no reason to arrest Satchell. The department also stated that he never informed her that she was being arrested and used excessive force. Overall, Martel faces two counts of battery and four counts of official misconduct.

Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert confirmed in a press conference in which Martel's charges were announced that he supported the firing of Martel from the Miami Gardens police force, according to NBC.