Controversial police officer sues Albuquerque for promotion

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque police officer who was involved in a wrongful death lawsuit that cost the city millions is suing for a promotion.

Court documents show Brett Lampiris-Tremba is suing Albuquerque police and the city, claiming he has passed all necessary tests and certifications to become a sergeant. He says the police department is violating its own rules by not promoting him.

Lampiris-Tremba is also asking for more than a year of back pay.

Albuquerque paid out roughly $8 million in a 2013 wrongful death lawsuit after Lampiris-Tremba shot Kenneth Ellis III in the neck while Ellis III held a gun to his own head.

Ellis III's father, Kenneth Ellis, Jr., called the idea of Lampiris-Tremba being promoted "ludicrous."

Lampiris-Tremba's attorney didn't return a message from KRQE-TV.

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