ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The bench trial for the Santa Fe police officer accused of slapping a woman was supposed to start Monday, instead it will be heard by a jury.
The Albuquerque Police Department says it happened back in March when Officer Trace Evridge and his buddies were hanging out in downtown Albuquerque.
According to the criminal complaint, a woman was arguing with Evridge when he allegedly told her, “I own you. This is my town. I am the law.”
The complaint says he then slapped her so hard she suffered a cut to her left eyebrow.
An officer said he overheard Evridge say he wasn’t proud of what he did, but it had to be done. Evridge also admitted he hit the woman after she hit him four times. Evridge says that he should have practiced restraint, but due to his training in the academy and 10 years of jui jitsu he just reacted.
The Santa Fe Police Department has placed Evridge on alternate duty pending the outcome of the trial. A date for the jury trial has not been announced.