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Millions of dollars paid out to cover APD mishaps

Caleb James
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.

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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.

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