Did Albuquerque And New Mexico State Police Abuse Dead Man’s Body? (Video)

| by Michael Allen

A newly-released body cam video shows local and state police officers appearing to abuse the corpse of Dale Lusian in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Albuquerque Police Department denied the video (below) existed for months, but KRQE News 13 filed a lawsuit against the city of Albuquerque to get the disturbing footage released.

On March 21, 2014, Lusian had reportedly been caught on a surveillance video in a tow yard breaking into some cars, and allegedly shot a police dog three times.

SWAT members from local and state police tried to get Lusian to come out of a trailer on the property for more than four hours. They fired several rounds of flash bangs and tear gas, but he never moved. Finally, officers moved in and found that he was dead.

Albuquerque Police Officer Steve Arias reportedly fired three bean bag rounds at Lusian's face. The bean bag rounds broke the dead man's eye socket.

The Free Thought Project notes that had Lusian been alive at the time, he would have likely died from the rounds fired at point blank range.

Moments later, New Mexico State Police Sgt. Richard Matthews flicked Lusian's eyeballs, and stomped on the groin of the corpse, reports KRQE News 13.

The Albuquerque Police Department claims the case is still open, but would not comment.

New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas had not seen the video until he was shown it recently by KRQE News 13.

Kassetas stated, "I can understand the tactical officers wanting to ensure that the threat was mitigated … and I think they did do that with some of the techniques they used."

However, Kassetas was disturbed by some of the actions: "As it stands now, as I view that video, I don’t like what I see."

"I don’t recall in my 23 years, teaching tactics that were used by my state police officer to ensure that someone wasn’t a threat that way," Kassetas added.

Kassetas has called for an internal review of the incident.

KRQE News 13 reports that the body cam video also showed officers putting on a "contest for who could shoot a grenade into the trailer" and "an officer saying he hoped they’d kill the suspect."

Albuquerque Police Department spokesperson Simon Drobik originally said during an interview at the scene, "At no time did officers discharge their weapons."

There are also questions about a gun and a shell casing that were found at the scene.


Sources: KRQE News 13, The Free Thought Project
Image Credit: KRQE News 13 Screenshot