And only because the 2014 incident was captured on cell phone video, showing Prince George’s County police officer Jenchesky Santiago holding his gun sideways in bonafide gangster style, threatening to kill the man.
He later admitted to trying to impress a couple of buddies, who were riding unauthorized with him in his car.
The victim, William Cunningham, had only been trying to walk inside his house after stepping out of the passenger’s seat of his friend’s car.
At the time of the confrontation, Santiago had two friends from New Jersey riding with him in his police car, although he was not authorized to bring along visitors.
“We think, unfortunately, what happened is that he was showing off for his friends,” said Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks.
The encounter began when Cunningham’s cousin stopped at Cunningham’s Bowie home to drop him off. The men talked in the car briefly before Santiago pulled up beside them in a cruiser.
Alsobrooks said that Santiago repeatedly asked the men what they were doing there, even after they explained that Cunningham lived in the house.
Santiago told them they were parked illegally — which prosecutors said was not true — and Cunningham said he would get out of the car and go inside.
Cunningham complained to the department, who got the state attorney’s office involved.