A woman booked on charges for assaulting police officers was let go after a Metro Court judge determined no probable cause for her arrest, because the only description on the criminal complaint is that she’s a woman.
The criminal complaint is missing such things as the defendant’s date of birth, address, and Social Security number.
The judge didn’t have enough information to hold the defendant in custody, according to Metro Court.
The police assault was caught on body camera video, which showed the officer approaching the woman, who was laying on a sidewalk next to a vacant building in Nob Hill early evening in the evening on Sept. 21. The officer asked her to take her hands out of her pants. After she did not comply, the officer approached her and that’s when she got up and resisted.
Police say she swung at an officer with her purse, which had a rock in it, and then bit another officer in the arm.
The president of the Albuquerque Police Officer’s Association, Shaun Willoughby, says more could have been done to keep the woman off the streets.
“The judge could have definitely placed a bond on her. They could have definitely asked her to identify herself in the courtroom, and if she refused to do so, charged her with contempt,” said Willoughby.
This is still an open case and charges could still be filed, according to Metro Court.