- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Santa Fe County Sheriff Robert Garcia has canceled county deputy commissions for personnel at 12 different agencies.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1cT25ZR ) that Garcia canceled the commissions Tuesday following a state Supreme Court decision that found the county can be held liable for the actions of a Pojoaque Pueblo tribal officer. The officer was permitted to enforce state law under a commission from the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff’s office spokesman Juan Rios says the commissions will be suspended until the sheriff can determine appropriate protocols or reach liability agreements with the agencies.

Rios says only remaining commissions are with the Los Alamos police because they have an adequate existing liability agreement.

The supreme court ruling was related to a lawsuit by someone who says the Pojoaque office physically attacked him after a traffic stop.


Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com

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