Ex-Officer Accused Of Beating Woman Pleads Not Guilty

Jun 8, 2016

Mayra Martinez before and after her arrest.
Credit News4Jax

JACKSONVILLE — The former Jacksonville police officer accused of beating a woman in handcuffs pleaded not guilty Wednesday.

The sheriff's office fired Akinyemi Borisade, who is charged with battery, after cameras captured him repeatedly striking 31-year-old Mayra Martinez in the sally port of the jail.

Borisade did not appear in court Wednesday. His attorney entered his not guilty plea. Borisade's next hearing will be June 21.

The state attorney is still reviewing the case.

Martinez told News4Jax she suffered a concussion and nerve damage from the beating.

She was charged with trespassing and resisting arrest after officers said she refused to leave Scores Gentleman's Club on University Boulevard. She pleaded not guilty to those charges last month.

Borisade signed a form refusing medical treatment for Martinez after the incident at the Duval County Jail, according to a report from the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.

The full video of the incident, which is more than two hours long, shows it took 15 minutes for paramedics to arrive and revive Martinez after she fell to the floor unconscious. In the meantime, the officers in the video ignore her limp body on the floor of the sally port.

According to the JFRD report, once rescue was finally called, paramedics arrived in 3 minutes and spent 20 minutes with Martinez, but then she was never taken to a hospital.

Martinez told paramedics Borisade hit her in the stomach. Firefighters said Martinez had no visible injuries, but paramedics couldn't look at her stomach without undressing her because of what she was wearing.

They said she answered questions appropriately, was “neurologically intact” and denied medical complaints.
Firefighters conveyed their assessment of Martinez to Borisade, who had custody of her, and he signed a form refusing medical treatment and transport to a hospital, according to the report.

JFRD's report indicated that Borisade said jail staff would take Martinez to the hospital. At least two firefighters asserted it “would be good for the patient to be transported for evaluation.”

The paramedics left Martinez in police custody, and she was never taken to the hospital by authorities.

The State Attorney's Office isn’t commenting on the case, saying it's an active investigation against the officer.

JSO still has not released information about the other officers seen standing around during the beating and not helping Martinez afterward.

Police release full video of officer beating woman

About 1 hour and 7 minutes into the video, Martinez, who was charged with trespassing and resisting arrest, is brought into the sallyport.

Fourteen minutes later, it appears Martinez is yelling at an officer.

Eleven minutes after that, Borisade walks over and shoves Martinez into a wall. She kicks him and then he punches her.

In the video, paramedics arrived 15 minutes later.

They tended to Martinez on the ground. She was not transported to the hospital.

After 10 minutes of tending to her, the paramedics walked away but remained in the sallyport.

Thirteen minutes later, Martinez is seen against a trash can, trying to flip the lid with her feet.

Seconds later, she sat up on her own.

Less than two minutes after she sits up, she's led into the jail.

News4Jax also obtained video in April, which appears to be shot by a dashboard camera, taken in a parking lot in front of Scores, an adult club on University Boulevard at Philips Highway. According to the police report, they were called to the bar to escort Martinez from the property because she was drunk and belligerent after quitting work on her first day.

The sheriff said he is investigating the actions of the other officers in the video.