Family Sues City Over What They Call A False Charge

Apr 27, 2012


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The family of an Espanola teenager arrested in 2010 for allegedly making a "hit list" of fellow students is suing the city and some of its police officers.

The suit obtained by the Albuquerque Journal alleges police mistook the then-15-year-old's menacing drawings and list of names as an outline of intended victims.

Instead, the suit says it was just the boy's efforts to create a horror movie story board.

The civil rights suit accuses police of calling the boy mentally unstable.

The District Attorney rejected charges of attempted murder and aggravated assault requested by police.

Espanola officials didn't return calls seeking comment on Thursday.

The suit was filed by the boy identified only as "B.J. and his parents, who also weren't identified.


Information from: Albuquerque Journal,

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