Make this page my home page
  1. Drag the home icon in this panel and drop it onto the "house icon" in the tool bar for the browser

  2. Select "Yes" from the popup window and you're done!

January 27, 2010
Print Comment RSS

NM officer fired for hitting teen quickly lands new job

Chief who hired the NM officer said he wouldn't 'judge an individual off of 15 seconds of his life'

SANTA FE, N.M. — The Santa Fe police officer who was fired for beating up a handcuffed teen was hired onto the Cuba Police Department, the Cuba police chief confirmed Tuesday.

"He's been a great asset to the community," said Chief Jason Griego. "As of today I have yet to receive any complaints on Officer Smoker."

The attack, which is captured on a Santa Fe police department camera, cost Officer David Smoker his job there. The recording of the attack, which occurred in November 2007, has just now surfaced. Griego said he hired Smoker after he looked into the incident and saw the video in February 2009. The chief told News 13 that his decision to hire Smoker was based on his entire career and not the video.

"(He) had a stellar career prior to this incident, had never had use of force incidents and I was not going to judge an individual off of 15 seconds of his entire life," Griego said.

Read full story: Fired N.M. officer quickly lands another job

PoliceOne Offers

Sponsored by

P1 on Facebook

Connect with PoliceOne

Mobile Apps Facebook Twitter Google

Get the #1 Police eNewsletter

Police Newsletter Sign up for our FREE email roundup of the top news, tips columns, videos and more, sent 3 times weekly
See Sample