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SF sheriff cuts Pojoaque Pueblo’s police powers

September 30, 2012 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe County’s sheriff has revoked state police powers from tribal police in Pojoaque Pueblo after a dispute with the county over liability and complaints from citizens who said they were harassed.

The decision announced Friday night by Sheriff Robert Garcia was primarily based on a dispute over who should bear financial liability for tribal officers commissioned by the county, he said. Tribal police will no longer be able to enforce state criminal laws against non-Indians within pueblo boundaries.

Garcia said he also was concerned about issues raised by non-pueblo Pojoaque Valley residents who complained they were harassed by tribal police.

Garcia said the pueblo and the county had been Login to read more

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