Daniel Guzman was a little over a year out of the police academy when he pounced on a KOB-TV News videographer, arresting him for disobeying a police officer last May.
The incident was completely caught on video, which turned out to be enough evidence to drop the charges against the videographer as well as to terminate Guzman from his $58,000-a-year job.
Now Guzman is asking for his job back, according to KOB-TV investigative reporter Jeremy Jojola, who is also a Photography is Not a Crime reader.
Guzman has even hired a lawyer in his appeal before the Albuquerque personnel board. And if he wins his case, he will receive back pay.
According to Guzman’s lawyer, the officer was simply following orders when he arrested KOB-TV videographer Rick Foley.
“We believe that this termination is absolutely an extreme, unwarranted decision by the city to fire a good police officer who was following instructions from his superiors when he did what he did,” attorney Sam Bregman said.
Jojola has set up a poll on his blog asking readers whether Guzman should get his job back. I voted no, only because there wasn’t a selection that said “hell no”.
Check out the video and then go vote.