APD wrongful death suit continues

Posted at: 03/08/2013 6:44 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Photo: Kenneth Ellis
Photo: Kenneth Ellis

A police officer’s character was questioned Friday in a wrongful death trial against Albuquerque police.

Back in 2010, an APD officer shot and killed Iraq war veteran, Kenneth Ellis. Police said Ellis had a gun to his head, which made them feel threatened.

Ellis’ family is suing the officer and the department.

Witnesses were called to the stand Friday. One stood out and said he would have never hired Officer Brett Lampiris-Tremba. That’s exactly why the Ellis family is suing the city of Albuquerque for damages in their son’s death. They feel police should have used more crisis intervention training.

Melvin Tucker is a law enforcement specialist and said in many situations, Officer Lampiris-Tremba showed bad judgment. In one case, he lied on his timecard. He also taxed someone during a traffic stop and never filled out the proper paperwork, which for Tucker, showed “bad traits.”

Judge Shannon Bacon already ruled the shooting unconstitutional, and said that no reasonable officer would have shot Ellis.

APD’s attorney said she respects the judge’s decision but all she wants is for the jury to assign lesser damages.