Judges tosses out lawsuit by ex-Gallup police chief

New Mexico

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — A judge has tossed out a lawsuit filed by former Gallup Police Chief Phillip Hart against the western New Mexico city.

The Gallup Independent reports Eleventh Judicial District Judge Robert Aragon dismissed Friday a complaint by Hart, who claimed the city of Gallup violated his rights and prevented him from carrying out his job duties.

Hart was fired in August 2018 as he and the city of Gallup were embroiled in year-long legal disputes.

Hart disputed the city’s policy of allowing community service aides to pick up and commit intoxicated residents to the detoxification center.

Hart’s attorney JoHanna Cox says the ex-chief plans to appeal Aragon’s decision.

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Information from: Gallup Independent, http://www.gallupindependent.com

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