ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It’s been an eventful week for Nicholas Blume.
A woman accused him of domestic violence on Monday, he filed an excessive-force lawsuit against two former police officers on Tuesday – stemming from a 2011 arrest – and he was arrested again on Wednesday, according to court records and police.
A criminal complaint filed in federal court says Albuquerque police responded to a domestic violence call on Monday afternoon involving Blume and a woman he was dating.
The woman said Blume punched her, breaking her nose, after she told him that he couldn’t keep firearms in the apartment, according to the complaint.
Police said they found a “rifle with a large drum magazine” in the apartment, but Blume was gone.
On Tuesday, Blume filed a lawsuit against two former Albuquerque police officers, accusing them of using unnecessary, excessive force when they arrested him three years ago. Surveillance video from the arrest shows an officer holding him down while the other kicks him in the head repeatedly.
On Wednesday, Blume was arrested again – apparently in connection with the Monday incident. The criminal complaint accuses him of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Police spokeswoman Tasia Martinez said APD’s K-9 unit apprehended Blume. She described him as a “repeat offender” and said federal authorities will take over the case.
Blume, 35, has been at the center of a debate over APD officers’ use of force.
Three years ago this month, surveillance video from a parking garage showed two officers chasing down, tackling and kicking Blume, an auto-theft suspect, as he fled on foot.
The two officers were later fired.
The officer who kicked Blume said he did so because he feared the suspect had a gun. Blume didn’t have a gun when arrested, but officers did find one in his truck.
Blume’s lawsuit alleges the officers not only used unnecessary and excessive force, but also that they had planned to do so beforehand. The lawsuit cites the surveillance video, which shows the officers appearing to bump chests in celebration of the arrest.