- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A former Albuquerque police officer has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor aggravated battery after authorities say he assaulted a man during a call.

Cedric Greer entered the plea Thursday - more than a year after a state police investigation found he used excessive force while on duty.

Greer was accused of punching the man in the head several times and striking him in the chest on March 20, 2015.

Witnesses said the individual had been cooperative before and after the battery.

A court spokeswoman says Greer was sentenced to a year-long probation, and must complete 30 hours of community service.

He also was ordered to pay $127 in fines and court fees.

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