Ex-cop wants job back after acquittal

Former APD Officer Connor Rice
From KRQE-TV.com - ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A jury has found former Albuquerque Police Department Officer Connor Rice not guilty on two counts of abusing suspects during a drug investigation. Rice had been on trial since Monday accused of using excessive force when he and other officers chased men believed to have been smoking marijuana at a city park in May 2012. The jury found him not guilty of battery and aggravated battery.
     The jury got the case Wednesday afternoon and deliberated about 45 minutes before breaking for the night. Deliberations resumed Thursday morning, and the verdict was reached at about 11:30 a.m.
     Rice said he doesn't know what the future holds, but he has appealed his termination as an APD officer. “I loved my job,” Rice said. “I can tell you that. I'm deeply grateful for the relationships I formed on that job, and I will always be grateful for those relationships". Rice said he had been with APD for seven years. More


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