Florida cop beats and head butts girlfriend,
gets $500 bail?
The police officer and the judge should be fired,
Instead he in on “Paid Leave!”
The judge is still on the bench?
Sanford police lieutenant accused of head butting, punching girlfriend released from jail
An off-duty Sanford police lieutenant accused of head butting and punching his girlfriend following a night of barhopping in Daytona Beach
was released from jail Sunday afternoon after posting bail.
Lt. Joe Santiago, 49, was freed from Sanford’s John E. Polk Correctional Facility at about 2 p.m.
During a court appearance Sunday morning, a judge set Santiago’s bail at $500 and ordered him to not possess or consume alcohol.
The judge also ordered Santiago to wear a GPS ankle monitor and to not contact his girlfriend.
Santiago was relieved of duty and placed under administrative leave Saturday as the Police Department conducts an internal investigation into the domestic violence charge.
“We hold our officers, regardless of rank, to the highest standards of conduct and ethics, both on duty and in their personal lives,”
Chief Cecil Smith said.
“We will conduct a fair and thorough internal investigation into the incident, and be as transparent in that process as possible.
We ask for the community’s support and patience as we navigate this process”
Santiago was arrested shortly after 5:45 a.m. Saturday near Interstate 4 and H.E. Thomas Jr. Parkway, according to an arrest report.
His girlfriend told Seminole County deputies Santiago head-butted her at a bar after she said something he didn’t like,
the report said.
She told investigators the two later got into an argument and Santiago punched her in the face
Sanford police lieutenant accused of head-butting,
released from jail
Updated: Apr 3, 2016