ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The Santa Fe City Attorney's Office recently released video offormer police officer David Smoker attacking a then 17-year-oldnamed Brendon Singer.
The incident happened while Singer was being detained at theSanta Fe Police Station in November 2007.
Investigators said Singer was drunk, acting belligerent and spiton an officer.
Video from the incident showed Smoker walk over to Singer, kicka trash can and swing at Singer's head. Smoker then threw the teento the ground, knocked him around and kneed him in the back.
Santa Fe Police Chief Aric Wheeler said Smoker knew he messed upand admitted what happened to his supervisors.
Wheeler said Smoker had some personal issues at the time of theincident.
While he said that does not excuse Smoker's actions, the issueput stress management for his officers on the front burner.
The department now has peer support groups and other stressmanagement programs.
Chief Wheeler also requires new officers to read a book called"Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement."
Supervisors are also responsible for keeping an eye out fortheir officers.
"We have good officers and even the best officer is susceptibleto this type of stress and this type of pressure," Wheelerexplained. "How we deal with becomes the key issues and that's whatI see in this particular situation."
Two other officers were punished for not intervening during thetaped attack.
Robert Hollingsworth lost his job and David Rael Jr. wassuspended for 40 hours. He kept his job with Santa Fe Police.
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