Police Complaints

Decade of Police Misconduct Costs City $30,000,000

From a story by Jeff Proctor of the Albuquerque Journal, Police Misconduct Costly

The city’s total cost for police misconduct cases during the past decade is more than $30 million when City Hall’s legal bills are included.

The Journal previously reported a tab of roughly $18 million from 2002 to 2011. About $8 million of that total has been charged to city taxpayers since Mayor Richard Berry took office in December 2009 and scrapped his predecessor’s policy of taking nearly all cases against officers to trial.

Officials last week released figures showing another $12.5 million spent on the city’s own legal costs, including staff attorneys, contract attorneys, paralegals, expert witnesses and other costs since 2002.

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