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City of Las Cruces Settles Chokehold Death Lawsuit for $6.5M

Chokehold death victim Antonio Valenzuela (left) and former Las Cruces police officer Christopher Smelser (right), who is charged with murder.

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico — The City of Las Cruces has agreed to pay $6.5 million to the family of man choked to death by a now-former police officer who is facing a murder charge, according to a copy of the wrongful death lawsuit settlement agreement obtained Wednesday by ABC-7.

“We are confident that we have made it cost-prohibitive for the Las Cruces Police Department to continue (to) wrongfully killing its citizens,” Sam Bregman, the attorney for the family of Antonio Valenzuela, had said earlier this month in first announcing that settlement.

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