Demand an end to a Policeman's Pattern of Excessive Force

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City of Española, New Mexico Police Officer Sgt. Greg Esparza has a pattern of using excessive force on a woman, grieving parents and a paraplegic man.

The following is an excerpt from the local newspaper, Rio Grande Sun:

Esparza has been named in a total of five lawsuits and three tort claims since 2013. One of the tort claims and two of the lawsuits were settled for a total of $890,000.

Esparza was acquitted in one lawsuit, following a civil trial on March 9, 2017, for the alleged beating of a paraplegic man.

•One lawsuit and the two tort claims filed by Tapia are pending.

• The settled tort claims and lawsuits were:

• Stella and Emilio Randall received a $650,000 settlement, after they were allegedly attacked, shocked and otherwise mistreated at their son’s fatal overdose by Esparza and other Española Police Department officers on July 17, 2013.

• John Vigil received a $125,000 settlement, after Esparza allegedly broke his hand during a traffic stop, Oct. 28, 2013.

• Tegra Donnelly received a $50,000 settlement, after Esparza allegedly shocked, choked and beat him on Feb. 15, 2014.

• Virginia Valdez received a $65,000 settlement, after Esparza allegedly threw her to the ground, after she was accused of stealing her own car, June 3, 2016.

Based on Officer Esparza's documented pattern of consistently ignored brutal behavior, hence, acceptance by the Mayor, City Council,  Police Chief, City Attorney and city insurance carrier. I demand Officer Esparza be removed from the City of Española Police Department and the State of New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy revoke his commission.

 As a mother, life long community member, property owner, tax payer and senior citizen activist, I find Sgt Esparza's behavior unacceptable, deplorable and unnecessary. In addition, it sends the wrong message to our youth and makes our other "law and rule abiding and professional police officers" look bad. Sgt. Greg Esparza must go!

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