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Judge Called Future Massachusetts Cop Killer "Troubling" Then Set $500 Bail

May 24, 2016  | 

Cop killing suspect Jorge Zambrano was released on $500 cash bail in February. He killed Officer Ronald Tarentino of the Auburn (MA) PD on Sunday. (Photo: Massachusetts State Police)
Cop killing suspect Jorge Zambrano was released on $500 cash bail in February. He killed Officer Ronald Tarentino of the Auburn (MA) PD on Sunday. (Photo: Massachusetts State Police)

A Clinton (MA) District Court judge declined to take Jorge Zambrano off the street in February — more than three months before police say he murdered Auburn police officer Ronald Tarentino — over the objections of a Worcester County assistant district attorney and despite what the judge himself described from the bench as a “troubling” history of violence towards police, a recording of the Feb. 10 proceeding reveals.

“This is troubling. Authority means nothing to him, it’s exactly the opposite,” said Judge Andrew L. Mandell. “It was awhile ago but he got two and a half years in jail for assault and battery on a police officer along with another, more significant sentence.

“How many times is it going to take here? He may not like what a police officer says but he has got to, you know, listen and obey them.”

Zambrano appeared in the Clinton court after he was arrested by state police and charged with domestic assault and battery, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and trespassing. During a roadside altercation when police were responding to a report from a witness who said Zambrano struck his girlfriend in the face “hard enough she fell right to the ground,” police said he threatened them, resisted arrest, and told them “several times how he can take all of us on and just wait until the handcuffs come off,” according to court records.

Bail in the case was $500 cash and Zambrano’s existing bail was not revoked, the Boston Herald reports.


Comments (14)

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kevcopAz @ 5/24/2016 4:38 PM

Easy when Judges are never held responsible for these decisions. Police are held to a standers of enforcement, and when they don't meet or they exceed the standers then they are disciplined. What not Judges? Because they are Lawyers and make the rules. Its wrong. This judge should be off the bench. he didn't even listen to his own sense of the criminality of this man and this is the result a dead cop. I hope that judge thinks of this everyday for the remainder of their lives, but they wont the arrogant slob.

Sgt. Dan Valadas @ 5/24/2016 4:45 PM

Policing in liberal Massachusetts where criminals are repeatedly arrested on warrants and subsequently released to go back on the streets and murder our brothers. Liberals do not respect nor care about police officers and they are ruining our nation. God Bless The Thin Blue Line!

Joe @ 5/24/2016 5:50 PM

This is why Judges and Prosecutors and defense attorneys need to be held responsible for their quick decisions not based on past issues. Yes I know judges make these decions and I am sure would look at past infractions if they we're held liable.

Joe @ 5/24/2016 5:55 PM

Stop doing anything that you are not legally responsible to do. Thank God this crap wasn't going on when I was on the job. No cell phones either. Patrol my brothers and sisters. If they run let them run. If their dealing drugs who cares. Go home at night let the country pendulum swing back to protecting officers rights. Let chaos reign in the areas where they don't care who they kill. Make the protesters start being responsible for their own communities see how long it takes for them to beg to have you back.

Joe @ 5/24/2016 5:57 PM

BTW name the asshole judge that did this. He is responsible for that officers death.

OK then @ 5/24/2016 6:04 PM

And I thought they learned their leason after Willie Horton.

westcoastleo @ 5/24/2016 6:22 PM

This is typical of our system. Judges, Attorneys along with Parole and Probation Boards free theese idiots and have not one care about what they do in the future because "They" are usually not the ones who are confronting later on in life.
Im sure if Jorge Zambrano was shot and killed by Ronald Tarentino tho,, we would be hearing about his troubled life story and how he was trying to make his life better and it was an un necessary use of force.

John @ 5/25/2016 1:19 AM

no words, actions. put both he murdered officers family and the murders families together, and let this Judge try to control the events.
Any K-9's are allowed in for free food. The event would be controlled by SWAT and K-9. Life Insurance would go to the PBA. bless the officer and PD.

jojo @ 5/25/2016 7:18 AM

Most judges are elected. I would hope our Massachusetts brethren would recall this judge or make sure he does not win re-election.

Mickey Rivers @ 5/25/2016 8:09 AM

This SOB of a judge should be recalled! He knew the suspect was bad but failed to do his job.

tom @ 5/25/2016 8:24 AM

When I was in the police academy, 37 years ago, we had several instructors that were police officers. The Sgt. that had the block on MI. traffic law made a statement the first day in class. He stated that judges were just one notch above whale [email protected] on the scheme of things in law enforcement. Then he pointed out that whale [email protected] lays on the bottom of the ocean, and you can't get any lower than that. Apparently, at least in this case, he was right.

John retired IA PD @ 5/25/2016 9:25 PM

Sure would be nice if the judges and prosecutors could be on the street facing these criminals and trying to control those protesters, I mean criminals, who riot in the streets.

Jim Eisenhauer @ 5/26/2016 7:21 AM

After 42 years of police work nothing surprises me, not even this. Other than the police, no one is responsible for their actions in the criminal justice system. This judge has blood on his hands and the COPS UP THERE HAVE TO LET HIM KNOW IT.

ssc1911 @ 5/26/2016 1:05 PM

Sadly, this happens a lot with judges allowing persons out on bail. Jorge Zambrano should not have been allowed out on bail considering his prior record. Judges need to be held accountable and removed from the bench in situations like this and others when they makes serious mistakes.

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