Officer Turns Off Body Cam and Screams 'Who’s the Man' as He Beats Defenseless Homeless Man

Albuquerque, NM — Disturbing new details have emerged in the case of an Albuquerque police officer Cedric Greer, who was caught turning off his body cam in order to beat a homeless man.

As we previously reported, the misconduct was brought to light when a cadet turned Greer in after witnessing the beating.

The incident occurred March 20 when the officers responded to a service call at a hotel to help a man who was “down and out,” but instead of helping the man, Greer took another approach.

According to State Police, Greer

“battered an individual during a call for service that he was conducting at a local Albuquerque hotel. He struck the individual’s head several times with a closed fist and then delivered several strikes to the individual’s chest causing bruising. Witnesses claimed the individual was cooperative with Mr. Greer before and after the battery.”

Interviews conducted during the investigation confirm that the man was never a threat to any of the officers.

State police began their investigation immediately after receiving the tip from the cadet, and the report they’ve just released reveals even more alarming details.

According to the report, the beating started when Greer got angry that the man looked up at him. Greer told him not to look at him, and then unloaded blows to his face and ribcage, while repeatedly demanding “Who’s the man,” until the victim replied desperately “You’re the man.”

Also present for the “service call” was Officer Jerry Rauch, who had run to his car during the beating. Upon his return, Greer announced “going live,” and both him and Rauch turned their cameras back on. Rauch is also under investigation.

To make matters even worse, the man never received medical attention after the beating. The report stated he suffered multiple lacerations on his face and significant bruising on ribs, which was later revealed by X-rays.

State Police originally reported Greer was facing a misdemeanor charge. However, on Sunday, the judge stated he faces a third-degree felony. Court records reflect the same.

Mayor Richard Berry has spoken out about the police misconduct, telling local news affiliate KRQE, “Not only do we want them [body cams] to be used, we want them turned on and it’s an accountability measure we think not only protects the community, but protects the officers themselves when they do the right things. If it turns out through the justice system that these allegations are accurate, I have a lot of confidence there will be severe consequences for it.”

The cadet who turned in Officer Greer has not yet been identified, but we here at The Free Thought Project would like to give him a round of applause, and we hope other officers will follow his good example.

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