Retired high-ranking police officer acquitted of terrorizing and reckless conduct

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Former Guam Police Department Lieutenant Jojo Garcia was found not guilty yesterday at the Superior Court of Guam by a jury.

The month-long trial concluded Friday. Garcia was charged with terrorizing, reckless conduct, and official misconduct from three incidents in 2021.

As PNC previously reported, last year on December 3rd, video footage circulating through social media depicted several individuals in a residential area involved in a disturbance. One of the individuals was an officer brandishing a firearm.

During the trial, Garcia testified saying he was protecting his family during the incident.

In a comment to PNC’s Don Sulat, Garcia’s attorney, Peter Santos believes that Garcia should not have been charged but was glad the case prevailed, “I really believe that it was unjust for him to be charged in the first place.”

He continued, “And Jojo was just protecting himself. there was a lot of background and history in that neighborhood that needed to be looked at for the context.”

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Jannette Samson is a broadcast reporter for the Pacific News Center. Her beats are lifestyle, tourism, and crime, among others. Aside from being a reporter, she is also PNC's social media and web editor. You can sometimes hear her reporting the latest headlines for you on Sorensen Media Group's radio stations and on K57. Some of Jannette's passions include art, beauty, and blogging. She paints, creates prints, and dabbles in various art media in her free time. Jannette is also a self-taught makeup artist. In addition to that, she is a visual artist. Her artwork was featured in many art exhibitions and galleries in Guam such as Imbentibu Famalao'an I at the Castro Art Gallery; Imbentibu Famalao'an II and Body Beautiful at the Lees-Reyes Art Gallery; the 2020 University of Guam Undergraduate Exhibition; and the Annual Research Conference Art Exhibition at the Isla Center for the Arts.