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Attorney Matthew Coyte’s indignation over alleged police mistreatment of his clients is almost palpable as he describes events that recently led to a settlement with the city for $150,000.
Coyte’s lawsuits against the city, one in state court and one in federal court, stemmed from actions that occurred while Albuquerque police were investigating an officer-involved shooting on April 14, 2010, at a convenience store at Gibson and Broadway. Benjamin Marquez, a suspect in a 2008 shooting, was alleged to have pointed a gun at an APD officer and was shot but not killed.
The lawsuits alleged Patricia Silva and her two adult sons, Carlo Villa and Gildardo Villa, were unwillingly drawn into the drama.