Mother of man killed by police takes stand in court

Created: 03/13/2014 10:56 PM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It's been almost three years, and a family may finally have some closure to the nightmare they've dealt with since their son was killed.

Albuquerque police shot Christopher Torres when they say he got ahold of an officer's gun.

This, as they were trying to serve an arrest warrant for a road rage incident involving Torres.

Thursday, in the civil trial against Albuquerque Police, Torres' mother took the stand.

She talked about her baby boy, his life growing up, and the day he died.  

Renatta Torres says her youngest son Christopher always tried to keep up with his older brothers.

She described an athlete, who loved soccer, skiing, and above all, family.

She says even after 2003, when he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, he was still the sweet man she raised, and spent most of his time with his family.

So, on April 12, 2011, when her assistant pulled her out of a meeting to tell her something had happened at her home, she says she couldn't even imagine the horror.  

She says she arrived a little after 3 that afternoon.

She saw media leaving, which she later realized was because the action at the home was over, her son Christopher shot and killed by police.

But she didn't learn that fact for hours.

She stood on a street near her home, waiting for answers from police, until finally around 5:30 she says a female officer gave her the news in a very detached manner. News, she says, even TV viewers at home already knew.

The entire case against APD in this trial is about proving that Albuquerque police not only wrongfully killed Christopher Torres, but that officers handled the entire situation without care for his family or without going through proper procedures.

The family told KOB Eyewitness News 4 they expect the case to wrap up Friday.

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