Trial for Santa Fe officer accused of slapping woman to be heard by jury


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. 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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