City of Socorro Files Lawsuit Against Members of El Paso County Sheriffs Office


POSTED: Friday, November 9, 2012 - 6:24pm

UPDATED: Friday, November 9, 2012 - 7:33pm

The City of Socorro plans on filing a complaint with the American Civil Liberties Union and is calling for a full investigation by the Texas Attorney General.

At a Socorro City Council meeting last night, council members decided to file a lawsuit against El Paso County Sheriff, Richard Wiles and three other deputies. The council says Sheriff Richard Wiles and the three deputies have been abusing their power and illegally taking city records without presenting search warrants. 

City council members claim the officers regularly come into the city to look through important public financial records. The officers are accused of then taking the original copies and never returning them. The council says they don't say why they need the documents or what they're investigating, something Socorro insists is illegal. Council members claim this paints a negative picture of Socorro when the city is doing nothing wrong.

Sheriff Richard Wiles responded to the allegations in a statement today:

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