Police beat mentally disturbed man after he makes threats

TAOS, N.M. (KRQE) – A Taos man who baited police officers with abusive language before he was hauled off to jail thinks those police officers got too rough with him, and the interaction was all caught on tape.  Frank Olonia, Jr. and Taos Police are familiar with each. Olonia requested and obtained all the police officer’s video from their call involving him just before 2 a.m. on June 10. Olonia released the video and court documents to KRQE News 13.

The video shows the interactions escalating between Olonia and the police officers. Police tried to diffuse the situation, but a comment Olonia made against one officer and his children intensified matters.  Olonia said he plans on suing the police department for violating his rights and for brutality.

He was arrested for resisting arrest, assault on a police officer and disorderly conduct. The DA has dropped all the charges, but he wasn’t available to say why on Tuesday. The officer who argued with Olonia said in a police report Olonia has shown up to his house before. The Taos Police Department could not comment on the video saying it could be part of a pending lawsuit against the department.




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