Jury deliberates ex-Albuquerque cop beating case
Posted at: 09/26/2013 10:47 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra and Elizabeth Reed, KOB Eyewitness News 4
ALBUQUERQUE -- It will now be up to a jury to decide if a former Albuquerque cop is guilty of using excessive force on two drug suspects last year.
Connor Rice is accused of tasering one man and beating another in May 2012. The incident was caught on Rice's lapel camera.
Opening statements were given earlier this week, with witness testimony lasting just a couple of days.
One of the biggest pieces of evidence was the lapel camera video. The jury watched the nearly 30-minute long video of Rice entering an apartment without a warrant and using a Taser on one of the suspects. The video also shows another police officer stepping on the face of the other suspect while Rice punched him. That man could be heard saying, "I surrender" during the beating.
Rice took the stand on Wednesday and said what he did was justifiable given the circumstances. He said the two men involved were not cooperating with police, causing the situation to escalate.
Rice faces misdemeanor battery and aggravated battery charges. He was fired by the Albuquerque Police Department in May.