- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - The Dona Ana County sheriff has filed a lawsuit claiming that two county commissioners have tried to curtail his right to free speech.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (https://bit.ly/20fTpAD ) that Sheriff Enrique “Kiki” Vigil is requesting the court issue an injunctive order to stop commissioners Billy Garrett and Wayne Hancock from interfering with his First Amendment rights.

Vigil filed a complaint alleging a civil rights violation in U.S. District Court on Thursday. The complaint suggests that Garrett and Hancock retaliated against Vigil for exercising his right to free speech.

Garrett says he has done nothing to curtail any of Vigil’s rights.

The complaint comes after a long and contentious relationship between the sheriff and commissioners. According to the complaint, tension began shortly after Vigil took office in January.

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Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, https://www.lcsun-news.com

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