SANTA FE (KRQE) – A Santa Fe Police officer accused of roughing up a cab driver has resigned. The cab driver says the officer tackled her to the pavement and you can hear how frightened she was in the dashcam video.
The video shows Santa Fe Police Department Officer Jose Gutierrez pulling over Dawn Bourgeois’ cab after she stopped in a railroad crossing buffer zone on Cerrillos Road early one Sunday morning in March.
Bourgeois told KRQE News 13 she didn’t know she had done anything wrong.
“The train wasn’t running, and so I didn’t actually know that it was a moving violation,” Bourgeois said.
When she can’t find registration and proof of insurance, Gutierrez orders Bourgeois to get out of the car and hand over her keys. In the video, you can hear Gutierrez say, “I’m towing the car. You don’t have no registration, no insurance to provide.”
Bourgeois eventually hands over the keys and is told to stay put. She then gets out and Gutierrez makes contact with her and they end up on the ground.
Bourgeois screams repeatedly until other officers arrive. She now says she believes she was having a panic attack.
“I couldn’t move my arm, my wrist, he had my wrist in such a manner I literally thought he was going to break my wrist,” Bourgeois said.
Bourgeois said as a female cab driver, she sometimes is worried about her safety, but she never thought she would be hurt by a police officer on the job. She had a black eye, a sprained wrist, bruised and scraped knees and bruised ribs after the incident. Bourgeois told News 13 she intends to sue SFPD.
“I never saw this coming, to end in a way where this type of excessive force was used,” Bourgeois said.
According to SFPD, Gutierrez resigned without reason on Friday. He had been with the department for less than a year, after transferring in from Mora.
The police department confirmed there’s an ongoing internal investigation into the arrest. If it is determined the officer may have broken the law, the case will be sent to New Mexico State Police for further investigation.
According to online records, Bourgeois faces several charges for the traffic stop, including resisting an officer.