Police Abuse

Albuquerque Promises Taxes Won't Go Up After $10.3 Million Judgment in Police Shooting Case

Self-insurance means taxpayers are on the hook anyway


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Jonelle Ellis

A federal judge last month ruled the January 2010 shooting of Iraq war veteran Kenneth Ellis III by a detective from the Albuquerque Police Department was unconstitutional and last week a jury awarded Ellis' family $10.3 million in court. According to the Albuquerque Journal, the city attorney says the judgment won't be put on the property tax bill. Instead, it'll come from the city's "risk management" fund (self-insurance), meaning taxpayers will be on the hook anyway.

The city's police department has been under investigation by the Department of Justice since last November. There have been at least 17 fatal police shootings since Ellis was shot and killed.