02/15/2012

Former NM detective sues over firing

Jose Valencia says PD administration orchestrated events that led to his termination in 2010

By Vic Vela
Albuquerque Journal

SANTA FE, N.M. — A former Santa Fe police detective - who was fired and ended up losing his law enforcement license after he was caught on an FBI tape allegedly making shady deals with a known felon - is suing for wrongful termination, claiming that he was the victim of entrapment.

Jose Valencia also accuses the police department administration of orchestrating the events that led to his termination in 2010 out of retaliation for uncovering "improper acts" at the department, according to a federal lawsuit that was filed in U.S. District Court on Friday.

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