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Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013 8:00 pm | Updated: 8:23 pm, Fri May 10, 2013.

A Santa Fe police officer investigated for possible affiliation with a motorcycle gang resigned from the police department Friday.

Officer Ben Chavarria, a 13-year-veteran of the department, became the focus of an internal investigation in February for his alleged affiliation with the Bandidos Motorcycle Club. Chavarria, assigned to the department’s Community Relations Division, was investigated once before due to similar allegations but has denied any affiliation with the gang.

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4 comments:

  • IvannaGabriella posted at 8:25 pm on Sat, May 18, 2013.

    IvannaGabriella Posts: 1

    Aren't officers supposed to be an example of this state? Instead they're discriminating and putting other officers of their own down! Ben has made a huge difference in this community, and the investigation that he was put under was unnecessary. Officers stop assuming something that in reality isn't even true! Connection to a gang? Ben isn't a man like that, he better than that and many people know that.
    We love and support you Ben! What these people did is wrong! And we're going to do something about this to stop this!

     
  • Fearless posted at 5:43 pm on Tue, May 14, 2013.

    Fearless Posts: 1

    Law enforcement officers should be examples in the community on and off duty. Ben did do great things for the community with his involvement in charity work. However, that does not excuse unethical and immoral behavior. It is a travesty that our country has become so oblivious to immorality that we blame someone or something for negative results. The answer is he or she must have been treated unjustly or discriminated against, because people do not want to face the truth that the world we live in is "broken". The only possible solution is to take responsibility for one's actions and learn the true meaning of forgiveness.

     
  • prammarp57 posted at 2:09 pm on Sun, May 12, 2013.

    prammarp57 Posts: 12

    Thats what happens. He does his JOB right................Its all BS on the polices Department that my view. I retired from the state after 28 yrs and been stopped by cops ten times in the 16 months, because now I have a long bread and look like an old time hippie so the cops pull me over and mess with me looking for something else (pot) and I have more experience and education than most of them.... and it piss me off.....I feel your pain Ben.. and Rael you need to go get a life....

     
  • ChristineMtz posted at 4:23 am on Sat, May 11, 2013.

    ChristineMtz Posts: 54

    What a shame that Santa Fe will lose another officer due to the discriminatory practices of Chief Rael. Maybe now that Robert Romero is not around to protect him, Chief Rael will do what is best for the city and step down.

    Morale is at the lowest it has ever been both with the officers and the staff. His demeaning attitude has sent our best officers to neighboring cities where they can protect the public without being harassed for doing so!

    Officer Chavarria, thank you for your service to Santa Fe and especially families in need helped by Shop with a Cop each Christmas. You taught many children to respect and trust police through this great outreach. Please do not forget your hometown once the police chief is finally dealt with and consider returning!

     
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