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Video shows NMSP officer roughing up a suspect

SANTA FE – Video released by State Police shows an officer beating a man who is handcuffed to a rail in a Santa Fe holding cell last May.

The officer, Peter Romero, is still on patrol in Santa Fe, a State Police spokesman said, even though supervisors have seen the video.

A lawsuit against State Police and Romero was filed earlier this month.

Ryan Cordova, 29, was charged with aggravated DWI and driving in the wrong direction after he crashed into another car on the portion of West San Francisco street that runs along the Plaza. Cordova was taken to a State Police holding cell in Santa Fe.

Cordova can be seen in the video shouting and sliding his handcuffs along the rail for several minutes.

Romero comes into the cell and starts twisting Cordova’s wrist and arm in awkward ways as Cordova is handcuffed to a wall rail. Romero later pulls out his taser and points it at Cordova, but does not fire it.

Romero leaves the room after beating Cordova for about five minutes, but he comes back and starts slamming Cordova’s head against a wall. He later rips Cordova’s shirt off.

Later, Romero begins kneeing Cordova several times in the body. He then takes Cordova to the floor and puts his knee on his head. The video ends with Romero taking Cordova out of the cell.

Lt. Mark Soriano, a State Police spokesman, said Romero is still on patrol in Santa Fe. He said supervisors were aware of the video.

Soriano wouldn’t say if State Police condoned Romero’s actions. “I can’t comment on anything with pending litigation,” he said.


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