For the first time in Montgomery County, prosecutors used a county police officer’s body camera to help secure a conviction.
Prosecutors say they used body camera footage to win an assault conviction against a Burtonsville woman Tuesday afternoon in district court in a case before Judge John Moffett.
Patience Sesay, 44, was charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct, obstructing and hindering, resisting arrest, second-degree assault and two counts of alcohol-related charges.
Moffett found Sesay guilty of second-degree assault, obstructing and hindering an officer, and resisting arrest. He sentenced her to 33 days with a credit of three days and no probation, charging documents state.
“Body camera video corroborated the eyewitness testimony of officers at the scene,” said Ramon Korionoff, public affairs director for the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office. “This was a critical piece of evidence in this case and helped us gain a conviction in the matter,”
According to charging documents on police responded to a trespassing call at Lucy’s Bar at 8301 Georgia Ave.on a Saturday afternoon in mid-July.
The officer introduced himself to Sesay and told her she needed to grab her things and pay her tab before leaving, but she refused, police said. When the officer tried to escort her out, Sesay allegedly yelled, “Are you a sworn police officer?” The officer replied “yes” and pointed to his badge, documents state.
Sesay allegedly told the officer her tab was paid and turned away from the officer. According to the documents, the officer gave her two options, either to walk out of the bar on her own and receive a trespass notice or be escorted out and arrested.
Sesay allegedly chose the latter and became resistant, yelling “You didn’t read me my rights” and creating a scene. Officers removed Sesay from the bar, police said.
A captain was recorded on another officer’s camera telling Sesay, “Quit digging your nails into my arm,” documents state. The captain said, “You are on video,” referring to his body camera.
Police said that as Sesay was being arrested, a patron recorded the scene on his phone. She continued to yell, “I am going to sue all you (expletive)” and “You never read me my rights!”
A female officer was called to the scene to search Sesay, documents state.
Earlier that night, Telace Johnson, who works security for the bar, told the officer that Sesay had been asking men to buy her drinks.
Johnson allegedly told his manager about Sesay and was instructed to tell her to leave. Police said that when Johnson told her to leave, an argument began. Sesay allegedly told Johnson to call the police, and he did.
Sesay received a trespass notice from the bar and was taken to the Central Processing Unit.
Police said Sesay has obstructing and hindering and assault prior arrests.