Created: 12/10/2013 10:12 PM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4
An Albuquerque man filed a federal lawsuit claiming he was the victim of excessive police brutality during a scorching hot summer day.
Jonathon Griego claims he was detained by Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Starr at a convenience store near the intersection of La Vega and Bridge on June 20, 2013—a day with high temperatures reaching 96 degrees.
In a federal complaint, Griego states he was forced to kneel on asphalt for nearly 25 minutes. The asphalt was so hot, it burned through his denim and gave the skin around his knees second degree burns.
Griego claims he told the BCSO deputy that his “skin was cooking,” but the deputy ingored the complaints. At one point Griego was permitted to sit on his buttocks, but the hot asphalt burned through his pants, undergarments, and skin.
KOB 4 On Your Side contacted the Bernalillo County Attorney, who stated the county’s legal team would review the lawsuit and decide if it has merit or not. The County Attorney said he could not further comment.