A trial gets underway in Cook County Court today for a suburban police officer caught on tape repeatedly striking a motorist with a baton.
Mandarino’s own squad camera captured the images of the 41-year old officer repeatedly hitting 28-year-old Ronald Bell after a traffic stop.
According to authorities, Mandarino confronted Bell and another man, Nolan Stalbaum, 38 of Glendale Heights, in Bell’s driveway after a traffic stop. According to lawsuit documents, Mandarino then allegedly shocked Stalbaum with a stun gun and ordered Bell to get on his hands and knees before beating him with a baton.
Officer Mandarino has been on leave since shortly after the incident on March 28, 2010.
A lawyer for the union representing Streamwood police says Mandarino denies wrongdoing in the alleged beating. Both Bell and Stalbaum have filed a federal suit against Mandarino.