Family of Elisha Lucero launches billboard campaign

Local News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The family of a woman shot and killed by Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office deputies is pushing for change with a new billboard campaign. Wednesday will mark one year since deputies shot Elisha Lucero 21 times in the South Valley.

Sheriff Manuel Gonzales said she charged at his deputies with a knife. The family disputes that and there’s no video because BCSO doesn’t use body cameras.

The 28-year-old’s family sued saying Lucero suffered from a mental illness and the department’s response was excessive. The county paid the family, settling the lawsuit, for $4 million.

Now the family has launched a billboard campaign to raise awareness for what they call an urgent need for police reform in Bernalillo County and throughout New Mexico. They’re asking lawmakers to pass a use-of-force law.

Statement below from the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office

“The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office continues to offer its deepest condolences to the family for their loss. The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office also supports the family’s Constitutional Rights to express their feelings and opinions. Our department strives to carefully protect the Constitutional Rights of each individual within our community as one of the most fundamental and core necessities of our County and Nation.”

Related Coverage:

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Latest Video

Video Forecast

Erica's Wednesday Morning Forecast

More Weather Video Forecast
Albuquerque Hourly Forecast

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss