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Cops Get Off Scot Free Despite Shattering Handcuffed Man’s Face, Cracking His Skull On Video

Las Cruces, NM — Two Las Cruces cops were caught on video, severely beating a handcuffed man, and they will face no consequences for their crimes. The victim, Ross Flynn was in jail for being accused of pulling a gun on his neighbor — a crime of which later he’d be found not guilty.

Flynn was beaten so badly that he suffered several broken facial bones and a cracked skull.

When video of this incident surfaced, the officers weren’t immediately fired. It took an ‘investigation’ lasting over 5-months before they were relieved of duty. Now, however, nearly two years after the assault, the District Attorney’s office announced that they will not be pursuing the aggravated battery charges against former officers Richard Garcia and Danny Salcido — so they can likely get their jobs back.

In a clear display of America’s broken justice system, a defunct prosecution, along with the Attorney General came to the decision not to try the officers after Garcia’s first trial was declared a mistrial.

According to ABC7:

Court documents obtained by ABC-7 state the prosecution and the Attorney General’s office came to a joint decision that because a majority of the jurors believed Garcia was not guilty the first time around, they didn’t believe the outcome would be different a second time around.

“The evidence against Danny Salcido is virtually the same as was presented in the trial of Richard Garcia. Given the nature of the evidence, the State is unable to reasonably expect a different result,” the filing states.

In layman’s terms, because the system was broken for Garcia, they let off Salcido as they believe the system will likely be broken for him too.

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“I think that makes them look horrible, they shouldn’t let him be abused like that and let the cops get off,” one resident told ABC7.

“Just unacceptable, I’m really mad at that,” another resident said.

According to online court records, as reported by Las Cruces Sun-News, Salcido’s jury trial was scheduled to begin Dec. 5 with Macias presiding. The charges were dismissed without prejudice, which means they can be refiled in the future.

There is now no chance for justice.

The incident began as officers attempted to arrest Flynn over false charges that he’d pointed a gun at a neighbor. When police attempted to bring him in, he resisted as he felt he’d done nothing wrong.

For resisting, he was tasered and taken to LCPD headquarters. Because of back pain, Flynn was outfitted with a belly chain, so his hands were cuffed in the front to his waist.

When Garcia and Salcido entered the cell after Flynn appeared to kick the door, they began to assault the entirely defenseless man. The beating would last over a minute as the officers threw the handcuffed Flynn around like a ragdoll.

As we reported in March of 2015, Officers Richard Garcia and Danny Salcido were caught blatantly lying about the incident when the surveillance footage showed them barging into the cell and brutally beating 47-year-old Flynn. The video shows the cops pinning the restrained man down, beating him, throwing him against the bars of the cell, and bashing his head so hard against the wall it fractured his skull. Flynn was in the ICU for several days according to attorneys.

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His skull was fractured in two places, he suffered multiple facial fractures, and he sustained a brain hemorrhage.

Not shockingly, the offending officers had quite a different story before the footage was revealed. Officer Garcia’s report claimed Flynn “was walked back all the way where he did hit his back and head against the wall.” Garcia goes on to lie in the report stating they knee-kicked the restrained man to stop him from “grabbing at the officer’s belt,” and that Flynn actually pinned the officer between him and the wall.

Not even close.

According to the Las Cruces Sun-News, in April of this year, Flynn was acquitted of the two assault charges but convicted on one misdemeanor count of resisting or evading arrest. He was sentenced in May to 364 days of supervised probation.

Flynn has since hired an attorney and is seeking a multi-million dollar settlement in a federal lawsuit filed against the LCPD, the former officers and the city of Las Cruces.

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. and now on Steemit

  • HellGato

    lets hope he wins

    • Hugh Culliton

      …and let’s hope those two punks have to cover all costs out of personal funds. That probably won’t happen, but I’m still hoping!

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      • Alom Fox

        Yeah Man. Definitely.


    I wouldn’t piss on a cop if it was on fire..

    • LawrenceNeal

      Nothing I’d rather see than all their dead, burnt bodies in a ditch.

  • Alom Fox

    And another one……

  • Jim Barclay

    Problem is its the people that lose the money….when will people make police have their own insurance. No insurance not a cop. All they are doing now is making the tax payer pay for the cops brutality. You are paying the cops to beat you up….and get away with it. Make them have their own coverage and the brutality will stop fast when insurance companies stop covering their brutality.

    • i read something that said it is easy to throw rocks when u dont have to pay for the windows (or fix them … or listen to the people’s pain who now have broken windows…)

  • LawrenceNeal

    It’s good that cops are now being charged and indicted, but when juries let them off in the face of video evidence, what can you say? People get the cops they deserve.

    • Hugh Culliton

      A very important point to remember: it’s all on us for allowing this stuff to happen.

      • LawrenceNeal

        Bit by bit, the SA got worse and worse, and now they’re a mafia with military weapons. And we sat back watching football with a beer in one hand and a big mac in the other, and let it happen.

        • true. like the frog in the hot water.

  • Thank you for posting this, Matt.

    One day, I believe, enough people will wake up and design a new system.

    Have u heard of restorative justice and non-violent communication, btw?

    • Alom Fox

      Restorative Justice: That Has A Good Ring To It, A Little Research Is In Order. 🙂

      • Alom Fox

        Yes Yes, Can We Have Restorative Justice Please???

        • my above reply was meant to go here…

  • Hugh Culliton

    I shouldn’t be shocked, but I am. Flynn was safely inside the cell and my 93 y/o grandma could have kicked that door harder than that! That wasn’t violent – he was most likely just trying to get their attention – (but not in the way they gave it!). There was utterly no justification for that beating and yet those 2 weren’t convicted.

    How much longer can this possibly go on?

    • Alom Fox

      As Long As We Allow It To My Friend.

  • James Williams

    We have to STOP the AMERICAN NAZIS…

  • James Williams

    “First they came for my neighbor, and I said nothing. Then
    they came for me and there was no one left to stand with me.”

    When the Nazis came for the Hispanics,

    I remained silent;

    I was not a Hispanic..

    When they locked up the Blacks,

    I remained silent;

    I was not a Black.

    When they came for the Indians,

    I did not speak out;

    I was not a Indian.

    When they came for the Water Protectors,

    I didn’t speak up,

    because I wasn’t a Water Protector.

    When they came for me,

    there was no-one left

    to speak out.

    [When the Nazis Came for Me

    by James A. Williams]

  • dick gosinya

    Another great example of why cops that pull this shit need to be beaten or killed long before any trial could possibly happen. If you want to send the right message, make sure it’s in the form of pain.

  • kerry

    “He had a very unfortunate accident.”

  • JdL

    If official “Justice” repeatedly sets criminal government thugs free, then inevitably genuine justice must and will be had by other means.

  • lernin

    All cops are trained by Israeli companies now. Welcome to Gaza.

    Sadism and sociopthy are the only qualifications to become cops now.
    This is called ‘protect and serving’ – their own base lusts.

    • Yeah, things have gotten really bad. I hear you, lernin.