Judge Drops Bail Ridiculously Low For Man Accused Of Stabbing Officer In Face

Holly Matkin

Jamal Dima has been accused of stabbing Rochester Police Officer Brian Cala in the face with a five-inch blade.

Rochester, NY – A New York judge has reduced bail from $75,000 to $25,000 for a suspect accused of stabbing a Rochester police officer in the face with a five-inch knife.

The incident began shortly after 11 a.m. on Jan. 26 when 20-year-old Jamal Dima began causing a disturbance at his parents’ home, Spectrum News reported.

According to Dima’s father, who called 911, Dima appeared be under the influence of K2 at the time.

Dima busted out the taillights and windows on two vehicles as officers responded to his family’s Glendale Park home, the Daily Messenger reported.

When Rochester Police Officers Brian Cala and Louis Mastrangelo arrived at the residence, Dima had already gone back inside, Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary said during a press conference in the wake of the attack.

Officer Cala knocked on the front door and Dima barged out of the house armed with a five-inch blade and immediately stabbed the officer in the face, the Daily Messenger reported.

“A male opened the door and made a beeline to Officer Cala,” Chief Singletary said. “It should be noted that this incident transpired in a matter of two to three seconds.”

Despite the swiftness of the attack, Officer Cala was able to draw his duty weapon. He discharged five rounds at the suspect, who was hit once in the area of his left wrist and hand.

Dima took off on foot but was soon apprehended by additional officers on Dewey Avenue, the Daily Messenger reported.

Officer Cala, a 22-year veteran-of-the-force, was rushed to University of Rochester Medical Center with a stab wound to his left cheek.

He has since been released.

"Officer Cala is doing great, all things considered,” Rochester Police Captain Ray Dearcop told Spectrum News. “It was a vicious assault… but he's in great spirits, he has a lot of support from the men and women of the police department, as well as the outside agencies.”

“He especially wanted me to thank the community as well for all the support and positive comments that he’s received,” Capt. Dearcop added.

Chief Singletary said that the attack was captured by the officers’ bodycams, the Daily Messenger reported.

“Brian Cala… and Louis Mastrangelo did exactly the way they were trained,” he told reporters. “They performed exactly to how we trained them.”

Chief Singletary described the injured veteran officer as a “true street cop,” WHAM reported.

“He goes out every day, works extremely hard, well-known in the community of Lake Section,” the chief noted. “Twenty-year guy and just a really tremendous asset for not only RPD, but Lake Section as a mentor to the young officers coming up as well.”

Officer Cala was on medical leave after being released from the hospital.

"Knowing Brian, he would come back to work tomorrow if we let him," Chief Singletary said, according to WHAM. "He's gonna take some time to heal up and get ready to go again."

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren issued a statement shortly after the attack, WHEC reported.

"Our police officers put themselves at risk every time they put on their uniform,” Warren said. “Sadly, today, one of Rochester's finest was injured while protecting our city.”

“While I am heartened to hear that the injured officer will be released from the hospital and heading home soon, I ask all of our residents to pray for him and his family,” the mayor added. “I am thankful that no one was more seriously injured in this incident and wish our officer a quick and full recovery."

Dima’s father said he feels badly for Officer Cala, and that he has repeatedly tried to convince his son to seek help for his mental health issues, Spectrum News reported.

Dima has pleaded not guilty to charges of criminal mischief and aggravated assault on an officer, Spectrum News reported.

On March 5, a judge dropped his bail from $75,000 to just $25,000, according to WROC.

Dima’s next court hearing is scheduled for May, and his trial is slated to begin in August.

Comments (35)
flybynight
flybynight

A shame the 9mm taser wasn't deployed.

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IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

With the way NYS's failed bail reform laws are written, We're lucky he wasn't just given a ticket and told to report to court on a certain day.

I'm waiting for the family to threaten to sue RPD for excessive force and failure to de-escalate the situation.

JohnPollastro
JohnPollastro

These judges are ridiculous, I wonder what the bail amount would be if one of the judges family members got cut up from this piece of shit stellar citizen of New York 🖕🏼

koloredmn
koloredmn

I am so tired of these feral black animals. Eradicate NOW!

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

May that judge find out what it feels like to be stabbed in the face.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Hopefully he still won't have the money to bond out of jail.

BLT2020
BLT2020

Another demon seed running around like a wild animal. It’s a guarantee he will attack someone again!!

The express
The express

He should be found with lead in his head.

Delshort
Delshort

These uneducated idiots like that running around do not have the intelligence of a baboon!!

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

Thanks Judge, good to know people are electing mentally incompetent fools to the bench! What a loser that Judge is!!!! And guess where New York? Imagine that?

Cazman
Cazman

Send him on over to the Judges personal residence and put him on house arrest for 3 months polishing kitchen utensils at night with all others asleep.

Cops kid
Cops kid

Run to lock,dump,rack,repeat

investigator
investigator

One can only hope that the Judge runs into this POS, literally, and gets the same as the Officer!!!!

Gramercy
Gramercy

Anyone REALLY surprised? It is NEW YORK! May the judge truly experience "an eye for an eye" on his watch!

bryantrent
bryantrent

BS That is New Yorl

Simmonslynn
Simmonslynn

Reducing his bail $50,000? What kind of judge would do this? An IDIOT! THAT'S WHO!! No wonder this country has run amuck!!!!
I agree if that judge's family got stabbed in the face with a 5" blade the kid wouldn't have gotten reduced bail...
it would have gotten tripled! DOUBLE STANDARDS!!
ROTTEN JUDGE!!

BLUEALWAYS
BLUEALWAYS

Most judges are COMPLETE ASSHOLES!!!!! That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Justiceforallalways
Justiceforallalways

It is New York. They need to start housing the released "non-violent" violent offenders to the New York statehouse.

JBH
JBH

How come the cops didn't hang a snitch jacket on this hemorrhoid when the tossed him jail?
he should have been placed in general population and for added measure, drop the word he also molested children.

Euthanasia
Euthanasia

Typical SAVAGE behavior! But his mother will say “He’s a good boy, who didn’t do nuffin”! I’m sure when his father kids home from work he’ll bail him right out!

kkat
kkat

Of course. Gotta love those revised New York Laws, in favor of Criminals. Hopefully, it's their own stupidity and lawless Anarchy that end up bringing them down and brings sanity, peace and safety once again with Law & Order! Please do not vote for the Knuckleheads that think this is best for America! Please!

hoss377
hoss377

That's why i liked the U.S. Army's military police training,shoot center mass,and keep shooting until there is no longer a threat

natoj
natoj

After hearing/reading more and more of these completely sick events and judges that are being paid real good money to do their jobs correctly instead of just sitting on their thrones and with their ridiculous judgement calls with absolutely no concerns or regard for our PO's. They also should be held accountable.


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