Video: N.M. cop under fire for spitting at security guard

The officer is on paid leave while the case is being investigated


By Tina Jensen
New 13 KRQU

SANTA FE — New video released from the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office shows the incident that got an Española police officer in trouble with the law for a second time. Now Officer Moises Peña is under the microscope with three different agencies, and the video isn’t expected to help his case.

The Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office says the video shows Peña spitting on a casino security officer at Pojoaque Pueblo. According to the police report, Peña and another customer got into an argument at Buffalo Thunder Casino on Jan. 19.

“Within the law enforcement career field, we're in glass houses,” said Española Police Chief Eric Garcia.  "Whether it's on duty or off duty reflects on New Mexico as a whole."

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