10/09/2011

Ex-cop sues city over demotion

The former officer says an unjust demotion that led to his retirement

By Kiera Hay
Albuquerque Journal

ALBUQUERQUE — A police captain who until recently was in charge of Santa Fe's camera enforcement and vehicle forfeiture programs is suing the city for what he says was an unjust demotion that led to his retirement.

Anthony Robbin alleges "there was no legitimate reason" for his demotion in late April to the rank of lieutenant and that the city didn't follow its own policies in handling the situation. The city "constructively discharged and/or forced (Robbin) to retire ... or face the humiliation and embarrassment of not only being demoted but being charged with being incompetent and having no avenue of appeal," alleged a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court on Sept. 30.

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