Albuquerque police violated rights in 2013 fatal shooting of man in chase, federal suit says


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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — The estate of a man who was shot and killed by Albuquerque police is suing the department in federal court over allegations of civil rights violations.

The lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court says infrared police helicopter video in the 2013 fatal shooting of 41-year-old Parrish Denison conflicts with an officer's account.

Authorities say Denison, whose name is spelled Dennison in police records, was shot by officers following a two-hour search and chase. Police say he had pointed a gun at officers during the chase involving stolen goods.

The lawsuit says the video shows Denison didn't point a gun before the shooting.

An Albuquerque police spokesman declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Court records showed Denison had felony convictions for burglary, drug trafficking and burglary plus other arrests that didn't result in convictions.

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