ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque mother is taking aim at the city and the Albuquerque Police Department claiming they could have prevented her son’s murder if police had responded to 911 calls.
She says APD ignored the calls from neighbors to break up a party before it spilled into the streets where her son was gunned down. She is suing for $4 million.
In July 2014, a huge house party got out of control on Buena Vista near Gibson. A couple hundred people were in the house and out on the streets blocking traffic. Neighbors called police because they were worried about the noise and safety issues.
According to the Albuquerque Journal, APD received at least 10 calls about the party over a 3-hour period. One of the callers told the paper that an APD dispatcher told her, unless someone was seriously hurt, officers were too busy to check it out.
Police did respond once gunshots rang out, but by the time they arrived, 22-year-old Emilio Perez was already dead. APD responded the next morning.
“An officer did try to give him CPR when they arrived on scene basically but they, ill attempt he was already deceased,” said Officer Simon Drobik.
In the lawsuit, which was written by Sylvia Perez, his mother, she claims APD did not take neighbors’ calls seriously, and if APD had sent just one officer out to the party, all of this could have been avoided. She continued in the lawsuit to say the department “failed to protect and serve.”
Two others were also shot, along with a 15-year-old. No arrests have been made and police have not said if the victims were randomly shot in the large crowd.
KRQE News 13 has reached out to Sylvia Perez for a comment but have no heard back. The city’s legal department says it’s reviewing the allegations and looking at the concerns raised through the lawsuit.