Man settles suit against Tularosa officer, deputy

September 27, 2013 • State News

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — A Tularosa man who accused a local police officer and an Otero County sheriff’s deputy of civil rights violations for detaining him and then trying to shock him with a Taser [auth] has accepted a cash settlement to dismiss the case.

Eric Dennis’ attorney says his client dropped the suit in exchange for $24,500.

Attorney Miguel Garcia tells the Alamogordo Daily News ( that deputy Kyle Graham and Tularosa police officer Emilio Alonzo detained his client at gunpoint in January. Eric Dennis was charged with assaulting an officer after a confrontation where the Taser was unsuccessfully used.

Garcia says the charges were unfounded and later dropped.

Sheriff Benny House said deputy Graham handled the incident in a “textbook” manner and did nothing wrong. Alonzo is now a deputy as well.

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