Albuquerque set to settle police brutality suit

November 28, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The lawyer for man who filed a police brutality lawsuit against Albuquerque police after his jaw was broken in an encounter with officers says the city has agreed to settle the [auth] case by paying him $60,000.

Attorney Ryan Villa says an officer kicked his client after he surrendered at the end of a foot chase. Charles Gomez had been stopped by police in May 2011 and was about to be taken into custody for DWI when he took off running.

Villa tells KRQE-TV ( that Gomez gave up when officer Justin Montgomery found him hiding behind a dumpster but the officer kicked him in the face.

A city official confirmed a settlement has been reach but said it has not been finalized and could not confirm the amount.

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