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Lawsuit: Former officer choked teen over football

Created: 05/01/2014 12:51 PM
By: The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A new lawsuit says a former Espanola officer choked a teenager after a foam football hit his cruiser.
    
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the lawsuit was filed this week in state District Court on behalf of Dolores Tapia and her four children.
    
According to the lawsuit, Tapia came home from church and found officer John Vigil "rummaging" through her van's glove compartment in June 2012.
    
After he told her about the football, the lawsuit says she ordered her 15-year-old and a 10-year-old to apologize to Vigil but he became angry.
    
The lawsuit says Vigil then choked her 14-year-old in front of other officers and his supervisor Jose Talache, who had to pull Vigil off the boy.
    
Espanola Public Safety Director Eric Garcia said he couldn't comment on the lawsuit.

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