City settles for $5 million with family of Mary Hawkes

The city has reached a $5 million settlement with the family of Mary Hawkes, a 19-year-old woman who was fatally shot by Albuquerque police officer Jeremy Dear in April of 2014.

The settlement was confirmed by attorneys for the Hawkes family and by APD spokesman Gilbert Gallegos, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

Hawkes, a suspected car thief, was fatally shot during a foot chase. Dear's lapel camera either wasn't working or was unplugged, and there was no video of the shooting.

Dear was fired from APD in December of 2014 for insubordination and repeatedly failing to activate his lapel camera. He fought to get his job back, but last week, a state court judge sided with the city and said Dear's firing was justified.

The Journal also reported that the Hawkes family issued a statement saying they "'are committed to donating a significant percentage of the settlement to organizations that prioritize crisis intervention training for law enforcement and that support the transition of foster children into adulthood.' Organizations that they plan to donate to include El Ranchito de Los Ninos, Casa Hermosa, All Faiths Advocacy Center and the Crisis Intervention Team."

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