ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A six-figure settlement in a 2009 case and a $10.3 million jury award last month in a lawsuit filed by the family of Iraq War veteran Kenneth Ellis III have pushed the potential taxpayer tab for police misconduct cases in 2013 above $12 million.
That would eclipse the three previous years combined for money paid out on police misconduct cases, depending on how the Ellis verdict and a handful of other pending lawsuits play out.
Last year, APD cases cost the city $1.9 million. That was the lowest total since 2007.
Counting judgments, settlements and legal costs, the city paid out about $6 million to cover police lawsuits in 2010. In 2011, that figure fell slightly to $5.4 million.