Officer who faced scrutiny for fatal shooting named union VP

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed teen was highlighted in a U.S. Justice Department report has been named as the Albuquerque police union's vice president.

The Albuquerque Journal reports ( ) that Justin Montgomery shot and killed the unarmed, wounded man who was on his back in 2009.

A grand jury and Albuquerque Police Department internal affairs found the shooting of 19-year-old Andrew Lopez justified. But the shooting led to a $4 million judgment and was highlighted by the Department of Justice last year as an example of the department's pattern of using deadly force to violate people's constitutional rights.

Montgomery said Wednesday that he never set out to be involved in a shooting, and it doesn't represent the entirety of his career.


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