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Thu Oct 3, 2013, 09:42 AM

Northside ISD to pay mother of boy its officer killed

SAN ANTONIO The mother of the unarmed teenager shot and killed in November 2010 by a Northside Independent School District police officer has agreed to settle her two-year-old federal lawsuit against the cop, the district and its police chief.

Officer Daniel Alvarado, then 45, chased the student, Derek Lopez, 14, into the backyard of a Northwest Side home and shot him, police said at the time.

Alvarado said he witnessed Lopez punch another student at a bus stop off campus and decided to pursue him, ignoring a supervisor's order to stay with the victim, court records stated.


Northside will pay Moreno $925,000 and both sides will agree to ask a judge to dismiss the suit in coming days, according to a copy of the settlement released by the district Monday in response to an open records request.

More at http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/education/article/Northside-ISD-to-pay-mother-of-boy-its-officer-4860739.php .

Additional excerpt:

Despite initial reports by the district that Alvarado had a clean record, the San Antonio Express-News found his supervisors had reprimanded or counseled him on at least 12 occasions six for not following orders.

He was suspended at least four times, and his supervisors warned of impending termination four times, once even recommending it.

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