ALBUQUREQUE (KRQE) - Jury selection is underway in the trial against Connor Rice, the former Albuquerque police officer accused of using excessive force against suspects during a drug investigation last year.
Lapel camera video shows Rice repeatedly tasing, then assaulting a suspect who had already been tased in May of last year. Video also shows Rice hitting another suspect after the suspect surrendered.
Rice appeared in court Monday, as his trial begins for battery and aggravated battery charges.
Attorneys are getting set to choose the jurors. It is unclear how long that will take at this point.
In the video from May 31st, 2012, Rice busts into an apartment of suspected drug dealers without a warrant, with his gun drawn. Then, he tases a man twice, who' had already been tased by his partner.
About an hour later, Rice finds this suspect voluntarily lying down with his hands behind his back.
Lapel video shows Rice hitting the suspect, then high fiving his partner.
APD later fired Rice. The video also led to the investigation of two other officers involved in the bust, but they were not charged.
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