NMSP officer seen breaking car window during traffic stop
August 07, 2018 10:21 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A Facebook video showing New Mexico State Police breaking a man’s window during a traffic stop has racked up more than 114,000 views.
The now-viral, 46-second video was posted in August, but was actually recorded in February in Taos.
According to police, the driver, Philip Page, was pulled over for failing to wear his seatbelt.
NMSP Chief Pete Kassetas told KOB 4, “Certainly, anyone’s initial reaction, including mine, you know, is shock. Why are police officers tearing out a window and pulling someone out of a car but if you look at the totality of the circumstances behind the traffic stop – my officers did what they tried to do – as far as bringing this to a peaceful resolution.”
Kassetas said the incident lasted 27 minutes and he’ll release the officer’s body cam video in the future.
He said, “The individual wouldn’t roll his window down, nor would he provide his identification, which are both violations of the law.”
Page and his passenger were each charged with concealing their identity, resisting arrest and failing to wear their seatbelts.
The charges were initially dropped because the police officer handling the case did not appear in court.
However, according to Kassetas, the officer refiled charges in April.
Page sent KOB 4 the following statement:
“We are continuing to stay positive on this matter and are certain it will be resolved quickly. I've worked alongside law enforcement and government agencies for most of my adult life and continue to have the utmost respect for those men and women that are compelled to serve their communities in one of the hardest profession around.”
Kassetas said he watched the video and the driver was asked 14 times for his license, 20 times to unlock the car door or roll down the window and three times he was asked to exit the vehicle.
He said if people want to argue with officers, they should do it in court, not on the side of the road.
“He was warned if he didn’t comply, we’d have to break the window and he would be arrested which is exactly what happened,” Kassetas said.
Page told KOB 4 he is on his way back to New Mexico to take care of his charges.
Updated: August 07, 2018 10:21 PM
Created: August 07, 2018 09:59 PM
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