WATCH: Shackled NM Jail Inmate Killed in What Looks Like Pre-Meditated Murder

New video shows what some news outlets say is an inmate dying. But it looks more like the murder of a restrained man.

Video released by the Bernalillo County Metro Detention Center in Albuquerque shows what happened before an inmate died.

And it looks like pre-meditated murder.

But nobody has been charged.

"He's going to kill me!" the restrained, or rather fully-restrained man predicts several times just seconds before his own death.

All while being accused of resisting.

When he's not physically resisting, or even able to resist.

"I know you guys," he can be heard saying with fear in his voice.

The family of New Mexico man Vicente Villela, seen on video being killed by several guards mounted on top of his head, back and body while his hands and feet are shackled, all while he is being accused of "resisting," has been pushing for Metro Detention Center to release the video, saying it will show corrections officers did not follow policy.

Villela was arrested on burglary charges February 2.

Video footage showing what happened before his death was captured on cameras.

What it shows matches what is described in pages of documents. Vicente Villela refusing to move from on cell in the Bernalillo County Jail to another, saying he wants to stay where he is.

Eventually, a counselor shows up.

Villela, who was being verbally argumentative, admitted he was high and agrees to listen to officers.

Thirty minutes after 9 p.m. Villela appears to be complying with officers — and not resisting — when they accuse him of resisting.

"Just stop, Vicente. Just stop, dude," a guard says before Villela goes to the ground.

A second pair of restraints are placed on Vicente, leaving him fully restrained.

"I need some water," Villela begs.

"He had a four-point restraint system, which is basically the chains that go from the ankles up to the wrist," Matthew Vance, the attorney representing Vicente's family, said.

Immediately upon marching him to a cell, a guard can be heard ordering Villela to lie down while they remove his handcuffs.

He's almost immediately accused of resisting again, even though one guard is holding him down by his head, others have knees in his back and repeatedly knee him in the sides.

"Sit on him. Now, Sandoval," one guard orders his subordinate.

"At different points in time there’s as many as six, seven officers that are pushing on Vicente and holding him down," Vance said.

"You're about to get tased," a guard says.

"I can't breathe. I can't breathe," Villela cries repeatedly.

"Stop."

"I can't breathe, sir."

"He said, ‘I can’t breathe. Sir, I cannot breathe,’ and I counted eight times," Vance told KRQE.

According to his autopsy report, Villela, 37, was suffocated.

His death was ruled a homicide.

Bernalillo County officials say the incident is still under investigation.

"I think MDC and everyone in the county who has seen the video certainly understands this is a serious situation," Bernalillo County Communications Director Tia Bland said.

One of the corrections officers incident report blames medical personnel, saying medical staff arrived unprepared.

Although 12 officers were involved, correctional officers, sergeants, lieutenants, all who used force on a restrained inmate that resulted in his death, only two have been reassigned to administrative jobs.

None have yet to be arrested or charged with any crimes.

The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center is no stranger draconian-style torture of its inmates.

The disturbing video below, in a story we covered in 2016, shows Eric Allen, who is in charge of training other jailers on use of force at the same jail, instructing another guard to put Susie Chavez in a wrist lock because she would not be quiet.

And yet another video from 2017 shows a Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center corrections officer attacking a handcuffed inmate.

Comments (16)
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In The Woods
In The Woods

This seems to be a very one sided view of the video posted. I see Villela being aggressive and disregarding the officers and counselors instructions, thus his actions caused the guards to have to physically restrain him multiple times. Had Villela simply followed the officers instructions like the other inmates do there would not have been any struggle. The article also failed to mention that the autopsy showed Villela had meth in his system that was double a lethal dose. Had he not had such a massive amount of drugs in his system his body would not have had a lethal reaction to being restrained. Again his decisions and actions lead to his death. I am confused on how this video shows officers "killing" an inmate when it was the inmate creating the situation and the inmate that took a lethal amount of drugs.

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ChillyDogg
ChillyDogg

The jailers could have just left him in cuffs.

NewsNowNH
NewsNowNH

F*** you

Blizz357
Blizz357

You're such an ass that man was murdered. He knew it when he saw them. That big guy with his knee in his back. 7 C.O.s to hold him down to uncuff him. He could have stood up and had his cuffs removed. They went above and beyond protocal.

In The Woods
In The Woods

Leaving him in cuffs goes against protocol because he could harm himself.

In The Woods
In The Woods

Thank you.

ChillyDogg
ChillyDogg

As opposed to them killing him?

In The Woods
In The Woods

How did he know it when he saw them?!? You must be an amazing mind reader! He was extremely high on drugs and hallucinating and asking the officers to help him because he thought a guy was coming to kill him. Not that the officers were going to kill him. Try listening to what is actually said in the video instead of twisting it into what you want to hear. He could have been standing to have his cuffs removed if he wasn't messed up on drugs and would listen to the instructions he was given to do so. Instead he chose to struggle with the officers that were trying to put him in a cell with a bed and toilet. I understand there is a lot of police brutality and excessive force out there but I do not see any in this video. And yes it took 5 officers to try and hold him still to get the cuffs off because when a person is that high on certain drugs they get what is described as "superhuman strength". This includes, meth, cocaine, acid and a newer drugs like K2 and Flakka. I have seen cases where it has taken almost a dozen people (police, paramedics, and fire fighters) to restrain a user and sometimes have to administer a sedative to get them back under control and secure the scene. I suggest expanding your knowledge on the dangers of narcotic use and police restraint techniques so that you can make informed comments.

jeremie82
jeremie82

prison guards are so much worse that police some one needs to hunt these animals like the hogs they are

StevenThomas1949
StevenThomas1949

One of their favorite techniques is to put the individual in pressure point pain and then state Don't Resist! If I was on a Jury and saw behavior like this I would not be tricked. Some of them need to be arrested and thrown under the bus an not resist.

Fascist Slayer
Fascist Slayer

Send them to fight in Iran. From what I hear Iranians fight back.

Ben Keller
Ben Keller

Editor

If you know how to read people, these guys knew exactly what they were doing. They were staging the scene in order to make it look like a legit, accidental death.

But their intent was to murder him.

Once they learned he was on meth it was game on, because they could argue that caused his death.

If federal investigators do an honest investigation, they'll find what they need. The evidence will be there, somewhere . . . If it's an honest investigation by the feds. If the feds even investigate.

This was a hit job — if you know what you're looking for.

This jail should be shut down and/or taken over.. like the corrupt Albuquerque Police Department.