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Fired APD officer pleads no contest to battery charge

Christina Rodriguez
Updated: November 07, 2019 05:10 PM
Created: November 07, 2019 10:33 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Former Albuquerque Police Department officer John Hill pleaded no contest to a battery charge Thursday morning. 

APD said that Hill had used excessive force on a handcuffed suspect in February. The police department released surveillance video of Hill shoving a suspect face-first into the wall.


The suspect is Jackson Howe, a transgender woman who was accused of trespassing and disorderly conduct at two local churches. Howe spent 78 days in jail after that arrest but the state failed to turn over evidence – so the judge dismissed the charges against Howe

Hill was eventually fired from the department after an Internal Affairs investigation and a review from the District Attorney's Office. He must serve six months of probation and must pay $50 in restitution to Howe. He will check in with the judge next April. 

Hill also sat on the board of the Albuquerque Police Officer's Association, who appealed his termination. 

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