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Socorro police officers leave jail in oppression probe

Published On: Nov 02 2012 07:16:08 AM CDT
Updated On: Dec 25 2012 05:41:36 PM CST
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SOCORRO, Texas -

Four West Texas police officers have been charged with official oppression over a May arrest.
    
Socorro police Lt. Jose Alvarez, Sgt. Refugio Orta and Officer Javier Varela were freed Thursday night after a judge lowered their bond and ordered them to surrender their badges. They were arrested when Texas Rangers and state troopers raided a Socorro police substation Tuesday.
    
Information made public in court indicates the charges are tied to a May 23 arrest by Varela and Officer Israel Delgado outside a convenience store. Probable cause questions have been raised.
    
Delgado bonded out of jail late Tuesday. Varela was also charged with aggravated perjury and tampering with a government record.
    
Defense attorney Patrick Lara says the charges will be fought and the officers want to keep their jobs.

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