Bloomfield to discuss wrongful death lawsuit in 2014 officer involved shooting

Meeting topics this week include water, annexation, Complete Streets and school safety

The Daily Times staff
In this file photo, Dana Davila, holds her niece Guinie Wade, as she speaks about her father, John J. Rogers, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, during a candlelight vigil at her family's home in Bloomfield.

FARMINGTON — The family of a man who was fatally shot by a Bloomfield police officer in 2014 is asking for millions of dollars in a wrongful death lawsuit filed in August in federal court.

The Bloomfield City Council will have a closed session to discuss a wrongful death lawsuit that was filed against the city last year in relation to the 2014 police shooting of John Rogers. The City Council meets at 6 p.m. Monday at Bloomfield City Hall, 915 N. 1st St.

Rogers, who was 61 at the time, was killed by a Bloomfield police officer in August 2014. Bloomfield police were investigating Rogers for alleged child molestation. The officers responded to a call from Roger's property that was unrelated to the child molestation investigation. According to The Daily Times archives, the officer who shot Rogers was not aware of the investigation at the time.

The District Attorney’s Office has ruled that the police officer was justified in shooting Rogers, who allegedly acted aggressive when approached by a police officer and took a pistol out of a truck.

The squad car video cameras did not capture the shooting on tape and a second officer who responded to the scene did not see what happened, according to The Daily Times archives.

New Mexico State Police investigate, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, an officer involved shooting on Ruth Lane in Bloomfield, N.M.

The family alleges that the shooting was unprovoked and that the city did not hire trained officers or provide adequate training for police officers. The lawsuit lists seven causes for action and asks for $10 to $15 million for each.

In addition to discussing the wrongful death lawsuit, the Bloomfield City Council will also discuss a lawsuit it is involved in against the New Mexico Department of Taxation and Revenue about distribution of gross receipts tax revenue and the Public Service Company of New Mexico rate case. Both cases will likely be discussed in closed session.

Prior to the closed session, Bloomfield will consider a resolution that will adopt goals regarding turbidity levels in drinking water. It will also hear a monthly finance report.

The city of Farmington will hear a petition to annex 15 acres of land in the area of West 30th Street and Glade Road. It will also hear a presentation about the Complete Streets project in downtown Farmington and a presentation about Byron’s House of Hope — a residential facility where men can serve parole after being released from prison. The City Council meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 800 N. Municipal Drive.

The Aztec City Commission will likely finalize changes to several ordinances related to the city’s animal code. The City Commission meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 201 W. Chaco St.

Kirtland Town Council will discuss its budget for the upcoming fiscal year as well as grounds maintenance for the town park. The town council meets at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kirtland Town Hall, 47 County Road 6500.

The state Legislative Education Committee will meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in Santa Fe. Aztec Municipal School District Superintendent Kirk Carpenter is scheduled to speak Monday afternoon about public school safety strategies.

The state Legislative Finance Committee will meet 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Friday in Santa Fe. Topics on the agenda include early childhood education.

The San Juan College Board of Trustees will consider a one-percent or two-percent salary increase for full-time employees during a regular meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the college’s board room in the Educational Services Building. The board will also consider capital improvement project priorities for fiscal year 2019 at the regular meeting.

The Central Consolidated School District Board of Education will continue a performance evaluation for Superintendent Colleen Bowman during a special meeting at 1 p.m. Friday at the Shiprock Board Room in Shiprock.

Board members started the evaluation process on March 28 and decided to continue the discussion at a later date. The only action item listed on Friday's agenda is approving the superintendent's contract.