New evidence prompts district attorney to reconsider case against Red Bank police beating victim (video)

New evidence prompts district attorney to reconsider case against Red Bank police beating victim (video)

September 24th, 2014 by Shelly Bradbury and Claire Wiseman in Local - Breaking News

Candido Medina-Resendiz

Candido Medina-Resendiz

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

The charges against a Red Bank man who was beaten by police in April will be reconsidered by a grand jury after Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston received a video of the arrest that was not previously provided to prosecutors.

Pinkston filed a motion to send Candido Medina-Resendiz's case back to a grand jury today, calling the video significant new evidence.

Medina-Resendiz was beaten by police during a traffic stop on April 13. The encounter left Medina-Resendiz with a swollen-shut eye, a fractured eye socket and cuts and bruises on his face.

Medina-Resendiz was charged with simple assault, resisting arrest and driving under the influence by consent from the April 13 incident, when he was a passenger in the car.

A grand jury indicted him on the charges on Aug. 27, but the district attorney's office did not receive the video until Sept. 15. That means the grand jury did not consider the video when it decided there was enough evidence to bring Medina-Resendiz to court on the charges.

The video of the arrest is relevant to the charges of assault and resisting arrest, Pinkston said in the motion.

Now, a grand jury will reconsider whether prosecutors have a strong enough case to bring Medina-Resendiz to trial on the assault, resisting arrest and DUI charges.

This development is unrelated to Medina-Resendiz's claim that officers used excessive force during the arrest. Medina-Resendiz filed a complaint of excessive force against the Red Bank Police Department on July 31 and the internal affairs investigator concluded on Aug. 25 that Kaylor did not use excessive force.

Attorneys for Medina-Resendiz are considering filing a lawsuit against police on the excessive force allegations.

Read tomorrow's Times Free Press for complete details.