APD officer in kicking video will remain fired

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department officer who was fired after he and his partner were captured on video kicking a suspect in the head won’t be getting his job back.

The City of Albuquerque Personnel Board delivered the news that Rob Woolever will stay fired.

Woolever and another officer, John Doyle, are seen on surveillance video in a confrontation with suspected car thief and white supremacist Nicholas Blume. The confrontation occurred in February 2011 at the Hotel Barcelona parking garage near Louisiana and Lomas.

In that video, Woolever is seen holding down the suspect.

The officers believed that Blume had a gun on him and that he was out to get police officers. He was unarmed, but a gun was later found in his vehicle.

Woolever was not present at the hearing, but Doyle was. John Doyle addressed the personnel board and stands by his partner 100 percent.

“We did everything we could that night. Sometimes it doesn’t look good, but when you look at what it is for what it is, we didn’t have to shoot Nicholas Blume that night and we kept him from getting into a hotel full of people. We did the best we could,” Doyle said.

In a special assignment report a couple years ago, Woolever and Doyle told KRQE News 13 that APD made them scapegoats to look tough as the department was facing scrutiny.

The Personnel Board voted 2-to-1 to uphold APD’s firing of Woolever. Woolever’s attorney said he will file an appeal first thing in the morning.

Doyle’s case is still pending.

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