Fired Albuquerque officer faces excessive force lawsuit

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A former Albuquerque police officer, who fatally shot a 19-year-old woman last year and was fired for insubordination, is being sued for excessive force in another case.

Lawyers for Dennis Shoemaker filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque last week against Jeremy Dear stemming from a 2013 arrest.

According to court documents, Shoemaker got into fight in downtown Albuquerque with group of men when Dear came over the break it up. However, the lawsuit alleges Dear never identified himself and punched Shoemaker.

Documents say Shoemaker suffered a chipped tooth and was arrested for battery on a peace officer. The lawsuit says police never released video footage of the arrest.

Dear was fired in November for untruthfulness in connection with the shooting death of 19-year-old Mary Hawkes.

Dear’s attorney, David Roman, did not immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press.

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