Family of man who was fatally shot by Albuquerque police in 2011 settle suit for $6 million

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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — The family of a schizophrenic man who was fatally shot by Albuquerque police in 2011 has settled a federal civil rights lawsuit for $6 million.

A New Mexico judge ruled last June that two police detectives weren't acting in self-defense when they punched and shot 27-year-old Christopher Torres after a fight in the backyard of his northwest Albuquerque home.

The judge also said the use of deadly force violated Torres' constitutional rights.

KRQE-TV reports the Torres family won a similar suit in state court but the payout was capped at $400,000.

The case then went to federal court where there is no limit and the family settled for $6 million.

Authorities say Torres was shot while police were serving an arrest warrant on a felony charge of aggravated auto burglary.


Information from: KRQE-TV, http://www.krqe.com

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