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Tue January 14, 2014
Settlement Would Resolve Albuquerque Shooting Case
A tentative agreement on a settlement would resolve a lawsuit over the fatal shooting of a man by an Albuquerque police officer during a 2011 traffic stop.
According to the Albuquerque Journal, the family of 29-year-old Jacob Mitschelen would receive $300,000 under the settlement.
Mitschelen was shot in the back by a police detective who listed his occupation on Facebook as "human waste disposal."
Mitschelen was carrying an unloaded gun when he was shot, and prosecutors decided not to charge Detective Byron "Trey" Economidy. He was disciplined for the Facebook entry.
The settlement is being reached as the U.S. Department of Justice concludes an investigation into whether the Albuquerque Police Department has a pattern and practice of violating people's civil rights, specifically through the use of force.
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