UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — A former police officer who held a gun to a man’s head over alleged illegal parking was sentenced to five years in prison Friday. Officer Santiago was convicted by a judge of two counts of assault, a handgun offense and misconduct in office.Last month, Prince George’s County Police released cellphone video of the incident showing 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 May 2014 incident in Bowie, a Maryland suburb of Washington. Prosecutors say William Cunningham was in a car with his cousin when Santiago repeatedly asked the men what they were doing and insisted that they were illegally parked, which prosecutors said was not true. The cellphone video shows Santiago holding a gun to a man’s head and ordering him to get back inside a car… Santiago did not speak at his hearing. He was suspended without pay when he was indicted in March. Police spokeswoman Julie Parker says Santiago was fired last month. Source: KXAN.com
Please click the link for an update on the Maryland gun restriction vs. veterans vs. business vs. hypocrite scum politician situation.
(By the way, LWRC makes one HELL of a piston-driven AR. I have a couple, somewhere, if i recall. Just saying. GE. )
David Codrea passes along a statement from LWRC International where they have told us that they will move their company out of Maryland if the proposed unconstitutional gun ban passes. I appreciate their patriotism, and I have already weighed in informing Beretta that they must move as well if they wish to survive as a company.
But there’s some fascinating movement in the proposed weapons ban in Maryland. I must quote at length.
“When hunters argued that Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s proposed assault-weapons ban would ruin their sport, state lawmakers were not moved. When devotees of the National Rifle Association cried that it would trample on their constitutional rights, lawmakers did not blink.... via The Captain’s Journal.
A federal judge has ordered Maryland officials to stop enforcing a law barring state residents from receiving concealed-carry handgun permits unless they provide a “good and substantial reason” to carry their weapons in public.
U.S. District Court Judge Benson Everett Legg on Monday lifted the stay on his March ruling, which struck down a Maryland law requiring applicants to prove that they need to carry a gun for workplace duties or as protection from a specific threat. The order goes into effect Aug. 7. Continue reading →