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Troubled New Mexico city faces racial discrimination lawsuit

July 23, 2019

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico city plagued by lawsuits and a mayor whose home was raided in connection with a bid-rigging investigation is facing another lawsuit.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports a former Las Vegas, New Mexico, deputy police chief recently filed a federal racial discrimination lawsuit against the city.

Ken Jenkins says in court documents that he was “subjected to unwarranted and discriminatory action” for speaking out about how the police department was underfunded.

Jenkins also alleges he was passed over for the interim chief job because he was black.

Jenkins worked in the Las Vegas Police Department for nearly 20 years and says he was forced to retire.

City Attorney Esther Garduno-Montoya did not immediately respond to an email.


Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.santafenewmexican.com

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