ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – KRQE News 13 has obtained cell phone video of the arrest of a UNM professor during last week’s sit-in that forced the city council meeting to be rescheduled.
The video goes on to show protester David Correia in a struggle with an officer, as the officer escorts him out of city hall.
Correia has been charged with suspicion of battery on a police officer, for allegedly shoving the officer in the chest.
His attorney said he does not see the violation that Correia is charged with.
“I didn’t see any battery on an officer. I didn’t see the officer identifying himself. I didn’t see the officer falling backwards,” Larry Kronen, Correia’s attorney said. “Whoever wants to look at the video can look at it and reach their own conclusion.”
Last week, a metro court judge banned Correia from city hall because of the incident.
He has pleaded not guilty and is free on bond.
KRQE News 13 contacted APD about this cell phone video. They did not want to comment, but in an email said that Correia’s case is now at the D.A.’s office for review.
Along with Correia, a dozen other protesters were also arrested for last week’s sit-in.