Lapel footage of Rio Rancho street fight released
May 17, 2018 07:06 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Lapel video of a Rio Rancho street fight that went viral was released Thursday, showing a man pinning down a teen on a dirt bike in the middle of the road.
The footage reveals both sides of what happened, as officers talked to the man and teen on what led up to the May 9 fight, which was recorded by witnesses nearby.
First, a responding Rio Rancho Police officer questioned the man, John Moody, about how he got a bloody nose. Moody told the officer the teen on the dirt bike almost hit his dog on the crosswalk.
"He starts his engine and cuts me off," he can be heard telling the officer in the video. "So then I just took my hand and pushed him away so he didn't run over the dog."
Moody said that's when the teen punched him. He said he couldn't return the punch since the teen was wearing a helmet, so he tackled him to the ground.
The officer can then be seen questioning 17-year-old Isaiah Anzures, who alleged that Moody started the fight.
"When I was starting to get ready to walk the bike off, this dude just comes up and kicks me in my waist and then he gets in my face, like, really close and is about to hit me. And I just hit him in the face. I didn't want to get hit," Anzures can be heard saying in the lapel footage.
In the end, the officer decided Moody and Anzures were both in the wrong. They weren't arrested, but are being charged with fighting in public.
Following the incident, witnesses accused the RRPD officers of calling the teen names and harassing him. Officials with RRPD say an administrative review related to the officers' conduct at the scene determined they acted appropriately.
Updated: May 17, 2018 07:06 PM
Created: May 17, 2018 03:49 PM
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