Cop who put handcuffed woman in patrol car parked on railroad tracks before it was hit by a train is convicted

The Colorado police officer who put a handcuffed woman in the the backseat of a patrol vehicle that was parked on train tracks — and was later hit by a train — has been found guilty of reckless endangerment and assault, The Guardian reported.

Jordan Steinke was also acquitted of a third charge of criminal attempt to commit manslaughter over the September 2022 incident that left Yareni Rios-Gonzalez seriously injured.

“There’s no reasonable doubt that placing a handcuffed person in the back of a patrol car, parked on railroad tracks, creates a substantial and unjustifiable risk of harm by the train,” Judge Timothy Kerns said before issuing the verdict, adding that he did not believe the evidence showed Steinke “knowingly intended to harm Ms Rios-Gonzalez,” and that Stienke had shown “shock and remorse.”

He added that Steinke knew the tracks were nearby but failed to “appreciate the risk.”

Steinke was initially charged with criminal attempt to commit manslaughter, a felony; and reckless endangerment and third-degree assault, which are both misdemeanors.

Even though the tracks could be seen in her body camera footage, Steinke claimed she did not know the patrol car was parked on the tracks. She also said she didn’t know the train was coming when she placed Rios-Gonzalez in the car.

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