Body camera footage of the Taos Police raid on the family bus
ESPAÑOLA, NM (KRQE) — You may have already seen the viral video on YouTube where a father alleges that a Taos police officer punched him in the nose in front of his children after members of a child abuse task force drugs raided their shuttle on their way home to Espanola.
The father showed body camera footage of the raid – but said he omitted the video of the punching because it was inappropriate. KRQE obtained the police body camera footage and the officer’s use of force report to better understand what happened.
Angelo Giuffre and his family slept in their shuttle outside a car repair shop in Espanola last May after experiencing engine trouble. A drug task force was raiding the store and making sure there were no suspects in the van. One of Giuffre’s three children is seen in the body camera video, watching the scene unfold.
According to use of force and police reports, Taos Police Officer Luke Martinez said he initially used an open hand in Giuffre’s face as a distraction to take control of his hands. . Then he says he used an open hand strike on Giuffre’s face because he kept resisting.
The camera moves and is blocked so you can’t see what he’s done. After getting off the bus, Giuffre’s wife began filming a cellphone video to document their encounter.
The Taos Police Chief told News 13 that Officer Martinez did not violate any policy with the blows to the face. The Giuffre family say they are considering filing a complaint but so far nothing has been filed.