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Fired Albuquerque officers sue police union

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Albuquerque, N.M. - Two Albuquerque police officers are suing their former police union after they were fired for beating a car thief suspect.

Former officers John Doyle and Robert Woolever, fired in November 2011, claim the union did not protect them.

The officers' lawyer, Thomas Grover, filed the lawsuit Monday in Albuquerque District Court against the Albuquerque Police Officers' Association.

The suit alleges civil conspiracy and breach of contract. Grover says the officers were made scapegoats in an effort to avoid a U.S. Justice Department investigation into Albuquerque police.

Former Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz fired the pair for excessive force in the February 2011 arrest of Nicholas Blume.

A surveillance video shows one officer on top of Blume while another kicks him.

Source: Associated Press