Albuquerque officer accused of kneeing student could soon learn fate of job

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The trial for an Albuquerque Police Officer accused of roughing up a homeless man was supposed to start Tuesday. It’s now been postponed.

But KRQE News 13 learned the Albuquerque Police Department fired Cedric Greer over the summer, three months after he was charged with a misdemeanor.

Then there’s APD Officer Pablo Padilla. He was caught on video last year kneeing a University of New Mexico law student in the groin. He was also accused of deleting a witness’s cell phone video of the DWI arrest.

“I never intended to hit him in the groin, I mean I didn’t want use any force at all,” said Padilla at a preliminary hearing to a judge. “I don’t want to hurt him, I don’t want to hurt anybody.”

In September, a judge ruled there’s enough evidence to put Padilla on trial for aggravated battery and tampering with evidence, both felony charges.

Three months later, he still has a job.

When KRQE News 13 reached out to APD about Padilla, they referred to their code of conduct policy.

It states an officer must have an opportunity for a hearing and given 10 days’ notice of it. They added that Padilla’s attorney initially asked for more time and when a hearing was finally scheduled, Officer Webster’s funeral pushed it back.

APD said he’s now scheduled for that pre-disciplinary hearing tomorrow and could learn his fate then.

Padilla’s trial is scheduled for next June.

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