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Bernalillo County Sergeant Accused of Kicking Suspect in Face

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A Bernalillo County deputy is being investigated, after a claim he used excessive force during an arrest in March.

BCSO Sgt. David Priemazon was arrested on Friday on a count of aggravated battery resulting in great bodily harm.

Deputies said 34-year-old Christopher Lucero was driving a vehicle with license plates matching up to a different vehicle on March 19, 2018. That’s when deputies attempted a perform a traffic stop. Instead Lucero led deputies on a chase and when police caught up with Lucero, he was arrested and taken into custody. While in custody is when a deputy said he saw Priemazon use excessive force against Lucero.

According to a criminal complaint filed by the District Attorney’s office, Priemazon kicked Lucero in the face– causing a facial fracture that required Lucero to go to the emergency room. The deputy who witnessed the alleged use of force reported Priemazon and BCSO opened an internal investigation.

The internal investigation turned into a criminal investigation and was handed over to the DA’s office. The DA’s office charged Priemazon with aggravated battery.

On Tuesday, Sheriff Manuel Gonzales held a press conference to address an independent review of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office current use of force and pursuit policies.

“We will review those recommendations and take them seriously. we will also have a legal process and have our command staff and our APO committee looking at those for further review. If necessary, we will make changes,” Gonzales said.

Priemazon will appear in court on Monday. He is currently on administrative leave pending the internal investigation.