BOSQUE FARMS, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico couple says they have been harassed by a Bosque Farms Police officer throughout a routine visitors cease. Now, newly-released police video exhibits the moments main as much as the tense encounter.
The couple says the officer was not sporting a masks when he approached them. They are saying as soon as they requested him to place it on, that’s when he began to harass them.
It was the evening of December 23 when Bosque Farms Police Officer Ricky Dominguez observed a yellow Hummer didn’t have its turning alerts on. Within the driver seat, Danny Martinez.
Officer Ricky Dominguez: Bosque Farms Police Division, you didn’t sign your flip, sir.
Martinez: Yeah I did.
Officer Ricky Dominguez: You weren’t signaling, that’s why I pulled you over, sir.
It didn’t take lengthy earlier than Officer Dominguez, Martinez, and his spouse began to get agitated.
Officer Ricky Dominguez: Your insurance coverage and registration, please.
Mrs. Martinez: Is that this harassment?
Officer Ricky Dominguez: Harassment?
Mrs. Martinez: Yeah.
Officer Ricky Dominguez: I pulled you over for a legit purpose, ma’am. I’ve by no means seen you earlier than, why would it not be harassment?
After checking to verify Martinez’s blinkers weren’t damaged, Officer Dominguez continues together with his investigation. It’s clear, although, each events are pissed off.
Officer Ricky Dominguez: Any firearms within the automobile, Mr. Martinez?
Officer Ricky Dominguez: Sir, these are questions I ask all people. You don’t have to provide me perspective. I used to be simply going to verify to be sure you guys have been okay and lower you a break, however you simply talked your self right into a quotation.
The couple finally conform to a quotation and Officer Dominguez makes his technique to his automobile to put in writing it up. He, as soon as once more, tries to method Martinez.
Martinez: He’s not sporting a masks.
Officer Ricky Dominguez: Okay, I want you to…
Martinez: Hold on one second.
Officer Ricky Dominguez: Sir, you’re on my time proper now.
Martinez and his spouse inform the officer they’ve known as 911 to complain. The couple even takes a cellphone image of Officer Dominguez not sporting a masks.
Ultimately, Officer Dominguez places his masks on and tries as soon as once more, at hand Martinez his citations. Whereas Martinez tries to clarify to Dominguez the severity of the worldwide pandemic, he will get an surprising response.
Martinez: Come on, dude. It’s COVID round right here. You already know?
Officer Ricky Dominguez: Oh my gosh. You should be a democrat.
Bosque Farms Police Chief Andrew Owen tells KRQE Information 13 that the statements made by the officer weren’t skilled and never appropriate for the division. We requested if the officer confronted any penalties, however the chief wouldn’t say. Chief Owen did say, nonetheless, the officer is attending coaching for de-escalation methods, together with different coaching for skilled communication.