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.