Farmington police, sheriff hit on profiling claims

Jul 10, 2012

Immigrant activists and San Juan County residents say they are filing racial-profiling complaints against San Juan County and the Farmington Police Department. 

Somos Un Pueblo Unido, a Santa Fe-based immigrant advocacy group, is set to announce Wednesday the detailed of six bias complaints against Farmington police and the San Juan County Sheriff's Department. According to the group, the law enforcement agencies in New Mexico's Four Corners are misusing federal agents at the San Juan County Adult Detention Facility and allege civil rights abuses at checkpoints.

Both agencies have denied any abuses. However, Farmington police and the San Juan County Sheriff's Department say they have requested help and training from Homeland Security Investigations over the increased presence of Mexican drug cartels and human smuggling in the area.