Pennsylvania state trooper gets jail sentence for punching crying, handcuffed suspect

A Pennsylvania state trooper convicted of punching a handcuffed man during a drunken-driving arrest has been sentenced to up to a year in jail.

As reported by The Inquirer, the incident took place in September of 2016, when trooper John Sromovsky (depicted to the left of the above image) was captured on video punching 25-year-old Lorenzo Lopez who was handcuffed and seated in a patrol car.

Prosecutors say that Lopez had been crying, and Sromovsky allegedly said: “I’ll give you a reason to cry, bitch.” They say Lopez was defenseless and did not pose a threat. Sromovsky allegedly struck Lopez in the face twice with a closed fist.

Sromovsky was convicted of assault last month. He was sentenced Thursday to 2 and a half to 12 months in jail. The judge said: “If law enforcement is to be respected by the community, then you have to be above and beyond reproach.”

Sromovsky’s attorney told the media that his client will appeal and will remain free pending a ruling on the appeal. Lopez was living in the U.S. illegally. He was convicted of drunken driving and was turned over to immigration agents.