New testimony is critical of Ariz. cop's '10 kicks' to suspect's head

You can make a subject into a monster, 'but until that monster does something monstrous, the law prohibits the use of deadly force'




By Patrick Lohmann
Albuquerque Journal

ALBUQUERQUE — The instructor for the Albuquerque Police Department's deadly force training testified Thursday that the officer fired over excessive force in 2011 should have waited until the "monster" he was arresting did something "monstrous" - at least before the officer could justify kicking him and stomping his head on the concrete.

Luis Robles, a former city attorney and instructor for the APD Academy's "civil rights and lethal force" training, told the city Personnel Board on Thursday during an appeal hearing that even though officers have information that a suspect might be dangerous, they must defer the use of deadly force until they face imminent threat.

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