Lawsuit: Bernalillo Country Sheriff’s deputy beat driver

New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new lawsuit says a Bernalillo Country Sheriff’s deputy used excessive force on a motorist during a traffic stop last year.

The lawsuit filed in state district court last month alleged that Deputy Jeffrey Bartram punched and elbowed a confused Adrian Avitia in Albuquerque in January 2019.

According to court documents, Bartram demanded that Avitia let him check his eyes and got mad when Avitia declined.

Documents say Bartram told Avitia to get out of his car and then attacked Avitia for allegedly not following his commands.

Avitia reportedly suffered a concussion.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office declined to comment.

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