Ex-Farmington detective awarded $200K by jury

August 9, 2014 • State News

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A jury has sided with a former Farmington police detective who says he was the victim of retaliation in his department.

The Daily Times reports ( 11 of 12 jurors awarded [auth] Frank Dart more than $200,000 on Friday.

Dart, who retired last year, filed a complaint in February 2012 under the New Mexico Whistleblower Protection Act.

In court documents, Dart says he wrote memos to the Police Chief Kyle Westall with concerns about a suspect’s arrest.

Dart says the department started acting hostile toward him. He says he also complained about a lack of resources to develop a cyber crimes task force and was denied access to crucial equipment.

Virginia Anderman, an attorney for the defendants, says the city still has a good defense and will review her clients’ options.

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