Man Settles Case Against Tularosa Officer, Deputy

Sep 27, 2013

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 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 says 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.


Information from: Alamogordo Daily News,

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