Video of ex-Albuquerque cop beating suspect shown in court
Posted at: 09/24/2013 12:15 PM
| Updated at: 09/24/2013 12:51 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra and Elizabeth Reed, KOB Eyewitness News 4
ALBUQUERQUE -- A former Albuquerque police officer watched on as a district court judge and jury viewed his lapel camera video of a beating incident in May 2012.
Connor Rice is accused of using a Taser on one man and beating another suspected of selling drugs in the park. In the video, Rice chased after the men and broke into an apartment without a warrant. Rice and another officer are seen shooting one man with a Taser four times.
According to the criminal complaint, the second suspect screamed "I surrender" while one of the responding officers stepped on his face and Rice punched him.
While the video was played in court Tuesday morning, KOB Eyewitness News 4 observed Rice smiling from time to time and talking with his attorney. He was fired from APD in May.
Officers Ronald Surran and Shad Solis, who were present during the incident, were not charged.
Rice faces misdemeanor battery and aggravated battery charges.