Santa Fe Police Officer arrested, charged with battery on household member

Posted: June 25, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Santa Fe Police Officer Jon Lopez, 30. (Mug shot courtesy Santa Fe County jail)

Santa Fe police late Sunday confirmed Patrol Officer Jon Lopez was arrested earlier in the evening on a domestic violence offense.

Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Deputies on Sunday arrested the 30-year-old Lopez, who lives in Santa Fe. The three-year veteran of the force was booked into the Santa Fe County jail at 9:06 p.m. and charged with battery against a household member and interfering with communications, according to an online jail database. Lopez was being held without bond as of late Sunday.

It is unclear what exactly happened leading to the arrest and we’ll chase down arrest warrant information Monday morning for more details to post here and on The New Mexican‘s website. The online police reports posted by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office had not yet been updated with the arrest information late Sunday night.

[UPDATE: Here is an updated article posted Monday on The New Mexican’s website: Santa Fe police officer jailed on domestic violence charge]

SFPD, meanwhile, confirmed Lopez will be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation.

Lopez will presumably be the first officer dealt with since the department went public this past week with a strict no-nonsense, zero-tolerance policy for police misconduct.That policy went into effect Friday.

It so happens one of the groups SFPD consulted before drafting this new stricter policy was the Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families. Again, I don’t pretend to no the details of what led to the arrest, only the charges the sheriff’s deputies placed on Lopez, but considering they are domestic violence charges you can bet many people will be keeping a close eye on how this policy is actually enforced.

We’ll update more on Lopez’s arrest Monday.

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