ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – What was captured on video in a parking garage could cost the city and taxpayers a lot of money.
Surveillance cameras captured two Albuquerque police officers repeatedly kicking a robbery suspect and chest-bumping when they were done.
Sources told KRQE News 13 this case is part of the Department of Justice’s investigation into the use of excessive force at the Albuquerque Police Department. Now, a lawsuit has been filed against those two cops.
It started with a tackle and then a punch.
Robert Woolever tackled the man from behind. Then John Doyle came into the picture and started kicking.
The guy who took those kicks, Nicholas Blume, is a known gang member who police say carried a gun.
Blume has now filed a lawsuit against Woolever and Doyle, the two cops who, because of that video, lost their jobs.
Blume had 11 felony warrants out for his arrest in February 2011 when Woolever and Doyle spotted him. Police say he ran from officers to a garage near Louisiana and Lomas.
Both Woolever and Doyle thought he had a gun. It turns out he did, but it was in a car and not on him.
The lawsuit says Doyle kicked Blume 14 times in the head. Then it alleges he used Woolever to keep his balance “to do as much damage as possible.”
The lawsuit goes on to say that after the “vicious assault,” Doyle and Woolever celebrated by bumping chests.
The lawsuit says Blume suffered lasting physical injury, medical expenses and emotional distress.
An APD investigation shortly after ruled what the two officers did was justified. That was later overturned by a deputy chief who said because of where Blume was kicked, it was not justified and not what the officers were taught in the academy.
The city says it can’t comment on this case yet because they haven’t been formally served.
Both Doyle and Woolever are trying to appeal their firings from APD. Doyle’s appeal is pending in district court and Woolever has a hearing scheduled for May 1.
Woolever’s law enforcement certification was revoked, but he’s also fighting to get that back.
As for Blume, who has a lengthy criminal history, all charges in the 2011 case were later dropped