2 Las Cruces police officers fired after holding cell beating

Two police officers shown in a surveillance video beating a handcuffed man in a Las Cruces Police Department holding cell have been fired following an internal investigation, city officials announced Tuesday. Also Tuesday, 3rd Judicial District Attorney Mark D’Antonio announced he’s expecting to make a decision within the next two weeks about whether to pursue criminal charges against the officers, Richard P. Garcia and Danny Salcido, in the Dec. 23 incident.

A federal lawsuit by the arrested man — Ross Flynn, 47, of Las Cruces — against the city of Las Cruces remains pending, as do criminal charges against Flynn for the incident that led to his arrest. Video footage from the holding cell incident showed two officers shoving Flynn in the cell, slamming him against the walls and kneeing him. Garcia has been an officer with LCPD since August 2004, according to a city news release. Salcido has been with LCPD since September 2011. Both officers were assigned to administrative duties on March 4.

“The allegations against both officers were reviewed, and it was found that these officers violated internal policies and procedures which warranted their discharge from employment with the Las Cruces Police Department,” LCPD Chief Jaime Montoya said in a news release Tuesday.

 

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Attorneys for Ross Flynn, 47, issued a tort claim notice to city officials on Feb. 25, seeking compensation for injuries and damages Flynn sustained in December while being detained at the Las Cruces Police Department.  The notice, obtained by the Sun-News through Lahann Law Firm, which is representing Flynn,claims two officers attacked Flynn in a holding cell after he was arrested following an incident with a neighbor on Dec. 23, 2014.

The attack at police headquarters was captured on surveillance video. “It was one of the most shocking videos I’ve ever seen. They threw him around like a rag doll,” said Jeff Lahann, one of Flynn’s attorneys. The footage shows Flynn in the cell, voicing frustrations over being detained. At one point, Flynn can be seen kicking the cell door. Later in the video, officers Danny Salcido and Richard Garcia entered the cell and used force on Flynn.

“Officer Garcia struck Mr. Flynn with his knee multiple times while he and Officer Salcido slammed Mr. Flynn on the wall of the holding cell door again and again and again,” the notice states. Lahann said Flynn sustained multiple injuries, including a fractured skull, a brain hemorrhage, broken ribs and multiple contusions.

 

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