County revokes commissions for Pojoaque Pueblo police officers

Police officers from Pojoaque Pueblo in New Mexico are no longer allowed to stop non-Indians, the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said.

The county revoked commissions for the officers following complaints by non-Indians. But the tribe said the move will put the public at risk.

“Simply put, the County of Santa Fe cannot adequately protect the public," Gov. George Rivera said in a statement that's being published as an ad in The Santa Fe New Mexican.

Rivera said 20 officers from the tribe, along with officers from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and four other tribes, provide the majority of services on and near the reservation. He also noted that the tribe retains civil jurisdiction over rights-of-way so it can still enforce traffic laws against non-Indians.

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