ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Two Albuquerque police officers fired for the beating of a suspected car thief are suing their former police union for not protecting them.
A lawyer for John Doyle and Robert Woolever filed the lawsuit Monday in Albuquerque District Court against the Albuquerque Police Officers' Association, alleging breach of contract and civil conspiracy.
Former Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz fired the two men for excessive force in the February 2011 arrest of Nicholas Blume in a car garage. A surveillance video of the arrest shows one officer on top of Blume while another kicks him repeatedly.
But Thomas Grover, the officers' attorney, says the officers were made scapegoats to try and prevent a U.S. Justice Department investigation into Albuquerque police.
Union attorney Frederick Mowrer did not immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press.
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