A day after five Santa Fe police officers filed for an emergency injunction to prevent the imposition of proposed discipline against them for their parts in a March 2010 arrest, the city manager has decided to postpone his final ruling on the matter.
City Manager Robert Romero on Tuesday met with the five officers involved and union representatives from the Santa Fe Police Officers Association. The union contract requires the meeting to occur before final discipline can be meted out.
Romero’s final decision was due this week, but the union agreed to postpone it to give the city manager time to evaluate a separate union grievance and rule on both matters at the same time. That decision is expected by June 28.
Interim Police Chief Ray Rael recommended in March that two of the five officers — Sgt. Troy Baker and Officer Steve Cosban — be terminated. On Monday, Albuquerque attorney Tim White filed a request for a temporary restraining order until an emergency hearing before state District Judge Barbara Vigil. That hearing is expected in the next week.
The officers are accused of police brutality stemming from an incident in the parking lot of the Walmart store on Cerrillos Road.
Here is a link to an article published in Tuesday’s New Mexican about the court action sought by the five officers accusing the current police brass of running a “kangaroo court” with recent decisions: