ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Thousands of people from around the world are signing a petition to get rid of a jail guard in Albuquerque.
That’s because video of what he did to an inmate has been seen around the world. The lapel video shows inmate Susie Chavez screaming, held in a wrist lock, her hair pulled and dropped by a stun gun.
The video captured the scene: “Put her in a wrist lock and twist her wrist until she shuts up and stops crying.”
The video, shot in September of 2015, triggered an investigation into Sergeant Eric Allen, a corrections officer at Metropolitan Detention Center, Bernalillo County’s jail. He has been on paid leave since January. Now, an online petition is gaining worldwide attention with nearly 30,000 supporters, calling for the firing of Sgt. Allen.
However, jail officials aren’t budging yet.
They released this statement:
“Sergeant Eric Allen is still on paid leave, and the investigation into the Susie Chavez incident is ongoing.”
The jail has disciplined Sgt. Allen before; he was fired in 2008 for excessive use of force, but was reinstated after he fought to get his job back. At the time of the lapel video, a year ago, Chavez was behind bars for drugs.
The people behind the petition also sent a letter to the county manager and commissioners, demanding they fire Sgt. Allen for torturing Chavez and mocking her while doing so.
Jail officials said, Chavez was released in December, a few months after that lapel video was shot. She has been back behind bars twice this year for a total of two months for probation violations.