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Santa Fe police officer named in claim resigns

April 16, 2014 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe police officer has resigned after being accused of using excessive force against a taxi driver who was arrested during a [auth] traffic stop.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican (http://ow.ly/vRsfH ), Police Department spokeswoman Celina Westervelt says Jose Gutierrez resigned Friday and did not give a reason for his resignation.

A lawyer for 40-year-old Dawn Bourgeois last week filed a claim that is a precursor to a possible lawsuit in connection with the March 30 traffic stop.

Westervelt says the department is conducting an internal review of the incident, which resulted in Bourgeois getting a black eye.

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