Charges dropped against 2 more ex-Socorro officers

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Associated Press

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 11:32 AM

SOCORRO, Texas (AP) — Charges have been dropped against the last two former West Texas police officers accused of misuse of power over a May 2012 arrest.

The El Paso Times (http://bit.ly/MztrXu ) reported Thursday that prosecutors cited lack of evidence.

Sgt. Refugio Orta and Officer Israel Delgado were charged with official oppression, aggravated perjury and tampering with governmental records. The charges were tied to a man who alleged he was arrested for no reason outside a convenience store.

A judge last summer dismissed official oppression and similar counts against Lt. Jose Alvarez and Officer Javier Varela.

Texas Rangers and state troopers in October 2012 raided a Socorro police substation and arrested some of the officers.

Further details weren't immediately available about the original complaint.

Socorro police didn't immediately comment Thursday.

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Information from: El Paso Times, http://www.elpasotimes.com

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