BY DENNIS DOMRZALSKI The City of Albuquerque agreed Wednesday to settle a civil rights lawsuit brought by APD Det. Jacob Grant, who was shot eight times by his own lieutenant during an undercover drug bust in January 2015. Notice of the settlement was filed Wednesday morning in U.S. District Court. Terms of the settlement were not immediately available. The settlement ends the nearly year-long case in which Grant claimed that his shooter, Lt. Greg Brachle, violated many APD policies regarding undercover drug busts on the day of the shooting. Neither Grant nor his attorney were immediately available for comment. Brachle shot Grant from less than five feet away with .45-caliber, hollow-point rounds during the undercover bust on Jan. 9, 2015 near Central and Tramway. Grant lost 80 percent of his blood, suffered temporary blindness and suffered damage to nearly every internal organ as a result of the shooting. He has undergone multiple surgeries to repair the damage and will most likely undergo many more. Grant sued the city and Brachle in federal court last August. The lawsuit and subsequent court filings alleged that Brachle was a loose cannon who violated numerous police department policies and procedures that morning. The complaint also alleged that, while he didn't attend an operational briefing on the bust that morning, Brachle was on his police radio and learned the details of the operation while he was en route to the scene that day. Specifically, the lawsuit alleged that Brachle knew that in all APD undercover drug operations, an officer always drives an undercover car and an officer always sits behind the driver. Grant was in the rear seat in the undercover car that day behind Det. Holly Garcia, who was driving. And, Brachle learned from his police radio that the two suspects in the bust were black males. Grant is white. Grant and Brachle had worked together for two years prior to the shooting, and Grant always wore the same clothes during undercover operations, and Brachle knew that, the lawsuit said. In addition, the lawsuit said that APD protocol requires that all officers who are making an undercover bust approach an undercover vehicle from the rear passenger side. Brachle approached from the rear driver's side. He began firing at Grant after opening the rear, driver's side door. On March 10, the Albuquerque Civilian Police Oversight Board recommended that Brachle be fired for shooting Grant. The decision is moot because Brachle submitted his retirement papers four days before the board's decision. Dennis Domrzalski is news editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Settlement for Jacob Grant is available on FreeABQ