Police: Officer Uses Stun Gun, Punches Suspect
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An Albuquerque police officer is facing battery charges for using a stun gun on one suspect and punching another after he had surrendered, Albuquerque police announced. (Aug. 17)

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[Location - Date:Albuquerque, NM file][Source:police handout][VO:]An Albuquerque police officer is facing battery charges for using a stun gun on one suspect and punching another after he had surrendered, Albuquerque police announced Thursday..Speaking at a press conference, Police Chief Ray Schultz said the charges were filed after investigators reviewed video from the lapel cameras of officers involved in a May 31 drug bust. He announced the charges the same time he publicly released the video that showed two officers entering an apartment without a warrant, then using their Taser guns on one suspectAccording to the video, another suspect tried to run from the apartment away but surrendered after a foot chase. The video show an officer put his foot on the suspect's face while another officer, Connor Rice, punched him three times.Rice faces charges of misdemeanor battery and aggravated battery.Schultz, who saw the video after a public records requests from a local television station, said he was disappointed in the actions of the officer said it appeared to be a case of "inappropriate use of force" against the suspects."We do not train in this manner," said Schultz. "Acts of violation of the law and (standard operating procedure) will be dealt with."It was clear if Rice, who has been placed on paid administrative leave, had an attorneyTwo other officers involved in the case have been reassigned, police officials said. The charges come as the department is under fire from civil rights activists over allegations of patterns of excessive force. Albuquerque officers have shot 25 people _ 17 fatally _ since 2010.Schultz said the lapel cameras and the release of the video showed that his department was being transparent and responding to community concerns about Albuquerque police. He also announced Thursday that all cases where officers use force will be required to fill out reports by the end of a shift and the packet will be sent to a deputy chief.Schultz said the information has been handed over to the Bernalillo County District Attorney's office and an internal affairs investigation is ongoing(****END****) VIDEO PRODUCER: angie---------------------------VIDEO SOURCE: Albuquerque Police Department, handout-----------------------VIDEO APPROVAL: yes ----------------------------VIDEO RESTRICTIONS: none ----------------------------------MARKET EMBARGO (S): none --------------------------------SCRIPT/WIRE SOURCE: nm albuquerque police tasers