AG, DA to prosecute former Las Cruces officers in jail beating case

Las Cruces PD

LAS CRUCES (KRQE) – The Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office and the New Mexico Attorney General announced Tuesday they are seeking indictments of two Las Cruces Police Department officers accused of using force on a handcuffed man in December 2014.

Former Officers Richard P. Garcia and Danny Salcido were terminated earlier this month after an internal investigation of the December 2014 incident.

Ross Flynn was arrested back in December for allegedly pointing a rifle at his neighbor over a parking space and then ignoring the officer’s commands at the scene. Surveillance video from Flynn’s holding cell shows Officers Garcia and Salcido using force on Flynn while he was handcuffed. Flynn was later hospitalized with a skull fracture.

State Attorney General Hector Balderas and District Attorney Mark D’Antonio announced they will jointly prosecute Garcia and Salcido.

The AG and DA said they will go before a Grand Jury in June. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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