Former APD officers file lawsuit against police union

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – On Monday, two former APD officers filed a lawsuit against the Albuquerque Police Officers Association claiming breach of contract, wrongful interference, civil conspiracy and breaches of trust.

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According to a release from Grover Law, LLC, officers John Doyle and Robert Woolever, who were fired from APD in November 2011, claim the union and its leadership did not protect them.

The lawsuit also claims police Chief Ray Schultz “generated near hysteria as he paraded video (and misrepresented) Mr. Doyle and Mr. Woolever’s efforts as they subdued an armed fleeing felon without using deadly force February 2011.”

According to the release, Schultz used Doyle and Woolever as “scapegoats to avoid a formal Department of Justice investigation.”

Earlier this year, Doyle and Woolever spoke with KRQE News 13 about the kicking incident involving Nicholas Blume in a parking garage. They admitted the video looked bad, but said their case was not portrayed honestly, and that APD’s numerous investigations of the incident left out several details.

Both officers addressed kicking Blume, saying the kicks were aimed at his side and his arms. They claim it was a “distraction technique” meant to keep a resisting Blume off guard as Woolever tried to handcuff him.

Woolever also says then-APD Internal Affairs Sgt. Jason Peck told him to lie about the incident to keep his job.

In the DOJ investigation released in April, Doyle and Woolever’s case was left out of the 46-page report detailing the police department’s use of excessive force.

Thomas Grover, a former APD officer who recently graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law, is representing the two former officers in their suit against the police union.

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