Kendry Tineo-Restituyo

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Service Record

Paterson New Jersey Police Department

Rank Officer
Badge Number 4891[1]
Dates of Service Hired in July 2017.[2]
Salary $60,254 (2022)[3]
Last Known Status Suspended[4]

Incident Reports

2018 Assault

In August 2018, Tineo-Restituyo was in the emergency room with an emotionally disturbed man. Tineo-Restituyo and the man were "talking trash" when the man made a comment about Tineo-Restituyo's mother. A hospital employee reported the incident to the hospital, noting that Tineo-Restituyo, "just started punching him... more times than I could count".[5]

Response Timeline

A department investigation concluded that there was a lack of sufficient evidence to prove or disprove the allegations.[5]

2020 Arrest of Desyiah Leak

On December 6, 2020, Tineo-Restituyo stopped Leak for turning left on a red light. Tineo-Restituyo claimed that Leak cursed at him and refused to provide her driving credentials. Tineo-Restituyo reported that Leak waved her hand towards his face and struck him, prompting him to hit Leak with a closed fist and arrest her.[4]

Tineo-Restituyo claimed that Leak threatened to have him killed as they drove to the police station and threatened to "spit on all of you so all you can die" of COVID.[4]

Leak was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, terroristic threats, resisting arrest, obstruction of justice, and motor vehicle infractions.[4]

Response Timeline

On December 6, 2020, Leak reported the incident to Internal Affairs.[6]

The department referred the case to the county Prosecutor's Office.[6]

In February 2021, the Prosecutor's Office determined there was no cause to file criminal charges against Tineo-Restituyo.[6]

The criminal charges against Leak were dismissed.[4]

Tineo-Restituyo filed criminal charges against Leak, accusing her of assault.[5]

On December 4, 2022, Leak filed a lawsuit against Tineo-Restituyo, claiming that she had been driving legally, never struck Tineo-Restituyo, and that Tineo-Restituyo punched her through her open window and again after she was handcuffed.[4]

2020 Arrest of Osamah Alsaidi

Response Timeline

On April 27, 2021, the United States Attorney's Office charged Tineo-Restituyo with unreasonable use of force and falsifying a police report.[7][8]

In May 2021, Tineo-Restituyo was suspended with pay.[4]

Tineo-Restituyo filed criminal charges against Alsaidi, accusing him of assault.[5]

In November 2022, Alsaidi filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the officers and the department.[9]

On February 15, 2024, the charges against Tineo-Restituyo were dropped as the U.S. Attorney determined that "further prosecution of these charges is not in the interest of the United States at this time".[10]

The department will now investigate Tineo-Restituyo's actions.[10]

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