In the second day of trial against a former Streamwood police officer accused of beating a man, defense attorneys continued work to prove the officer's actions were justified.
The camera from Mandarino's squad car recorded the 41-year-old officer repeatedly hitting 28-year-old Ronald Bell after a traffic stop. Bell was left with a concussion and multiple bruises and ultimately needed seven stitches to close a gash on his ear.
After State's Attorneys presented the squad car cam video Wednesday showing Mandarino hitting Bell 15 times with a baton, Dr. Mona Lala took the stand.
Lala treated Bell after the beating at the emergency room. She testified Wednesday that Bell was "uncooperative" while she gave him stitches for a cut to his ear, even though it was nearly seven hours after the beating.
"He seemed agitated and upset and somewhat combative," Lala said. "He smelled of alcohol [when he arrived to the hospital]."
Lala also told defense attorneys during cross examination that Bell denied having a head injury, denied having a headache, and denied being dizzy.
Bell said Tuesday he is confident he'll prevail.
"I just want justice to be served the right way. I think my civil rights have been violated, and it was the wrong thing for him to do," Bell said outside the Cook County Circuit Court building in Romeoville.