Ex-cop cleared in taser incident fighting to get job back

Updated: 01/29/2014 10:23 AM | Created: 01/29/2014 9:00 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The hearing for a former Albuquerque cop at the center of a controversial lapel camera video has been rescheduled for March 6. Connor Rice is hoping to earn his job back with the department.

Rice was charged with aggravated battery after he tasered a man. In September, a jury found him not guilty.

The incident was all caught on his lapel camera in 2012. The video shows Rice forcing himself into an apartment, without a search warrant, then punching a man. He was also accused of tasering another man.

APD fired Rice soon after.

The police union has been vocal about the case, especially when it comes to that lapel camera. A spokesperson said turning on the camera should be "discretionary".

The decision whether to give Rice his job back is up to a personnel board.

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