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Ex-officer sues NM Dept.

Black cop says he was forced out after supervisors learned he was dating a white woman


By Rene Romo
Albuquerque Journal

LAS CRUCES — A former Hobbs police officer, who is black, has sued the police department there claiming he was wrongfully forced out of his job one month after supervisors learned he was dating an Anglo woman, an officer in another police department.

In the civil suit filed this week in state District Court in Santa Fe, Joshua Cook claims that after police supervisors learned in June 2008 that he was dating the Anglo woman, they "began to engage in behavior to undermine" his ability to remain employed by the force and to continue attending the Southeastern New Mexico Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy.

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