Thursday, January 01, 2009

Officer Mike Briseno Facing Battery Charge


Farmington police officer Mike Briseno is facing misdemeanor battery charges following an altercation with his daughter's 17-year-old boyfriend.

San Juan County sheriff's investigators said Briseno apparently did not approve of the teen's relationship with his 13-year-old daughter and went to the boy's home Tuesday.

Briseno, who was off-duty at the time, allegedly got into a verbal altercation with the boy and his mother. It then turned physical.

Briseno is now on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.

A six-year veteran of the force, Briseno was named in a civil rights lawsuit in November 2004 in which a Farmington resident accused him and five other officers of police brutality. He also was the subject of a 2003 lawsuit involving another resident who claimed Briseno arrested him without probable cause and entered his home without a search warrant.

Briseno also was investigated on 22 allegations of police misconduct in 1997 while working for the Bloomfield Police Department. The investigation came after 200 people signed and delivered a petition to the department.

Briseno was cleared of any wrongdoing in all of the cases.

Truby said the investigation into Tuesday's altercation is ongoing.


Information from: The Daily Times,

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