Millions of dollars paid out to cover APD mishaps
September 13, 2017 07:13 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Insurance claims have paid millions of dollars to cover for mistakes by the city's police department, according to figures obtained by KOB.
The numbers are huge, and they may not even fully account for some recent major five-figure settlements. Still, the numbers alone show a stark image of the true cost of accidents, use of force and mistakes by department officers and supervisors.
Here are figures for fiscal year 2015:
- Lost evidence: $28,000 in insurance claims
- False arrests: $80,000
- Damaged cars: $800,000
- Wrongful death: $6.5 million
Between those categories and workers compensation claims, 2015's numbers total more than $10 million in claims against the city's insurance by APD alone. A month's worth of claims this fiscal year give us a glimpse into the future, and it doesn't look bright.
In only two months since the beginning of the current fiscal year, APD has already racked up nearly $2 million in insurance claims. Nearly $1 million in police car damage claims tops the receipt.
Months ago, APD agreed to pay its largest wrongful death claim in city history -- $8.5 million to the family of Ashley Browder killed by former Sgt. Adam Casaus in a red light accident in 2013.
Once the settlement hits the APD's books, 2017 could end up being Albuquerque's most expensive year.
Updated: September 13, 2017 07:13 AM
Created: September 12, 2017 09:32 PM
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