EL PASO, Tex. — Two Las Cruces, New Mexico police officers have been fired after surveillance footage showed them beating a handcuffed suspect inside his holding cell.
“They took away my faith in the local police department. They took a lot of things away from me, it hurts,” says Ross Flynn.
According to his attorney, Flynn was taken into custody after a confrontation with a friend’s neighbor. He faced a long list of charges. In the surveillance video, he can be seen kicking the cell door and yelling.
Flynn told KTSM it was a request to have the cuffs removed because of his back.
“I was requesting because I am handicapped, to please be removed from the waist chains. The response I got from outside the cell was shut up or I’ll chain you to the bench. I responded with an expletive, chain me to the bench.”
Flynn says he was in the ICU for 2 days because of a brain bleed and a fractured skull.
He says, while he struggles with the effects of those injuries everyday, he feels his path to healing is heading in the right direction.
“It’s certainly a victory, it’s a step in the right direction. I know good and well that this is going to take a long time but I’m in it for the long haul. I really don’t want this happening to anybody else.”