FARMINGTON — A judge has ordered the New Mexico Department of Public Safety to pay $28,000 in a public records lawsuit filed by a man whose brother was fatally shot by a Farmington police officer.

The Farmington Daily Times reported that a judge ruled the agency had released skewed information on the 2017 shooting that favored the officer and was against the interests of Frankie Anchondo’s family.

A panel of prosecutors concluded that the shooting just north of U.S. Highway 64 in Farmington was justified.

The investigation was handled by the Department of Public Safety, which had cited an exception to public records law when Anchondo’s brother asked for records.

The judge says the agency didn’t hand over records until more than nine months after the case was turned over to prosecutors.

(1) comment

Chris Mechels

They, the Department of Public Safety, breaks our laws and WE pay, because its all tax dollars. When THEY pay, this BS will stop. is an example. NMSP Officer Wilson broke the law, and his NMSP policies and killed Anaya. WE paid $3 million to the family, Wilson and NMSP paid nothing. So why should they stop???

The larger question is: why is DPS/NMSP, proved to be corrupt in the Anaya coverup and others, investigating police crimes across New Mexico?

If our Thumbelina Governor wants to REALLY improve things, she needs to address the corruption at DPS, NMSP and the Law Enforcement Academy. That's if she even knows of their existence, which is doubtful.

Until then, we will continue to lead the nation is cops killing citizens (per capita) and in worst Public Safety.

Welcome to the discussion.

Thank you for joining the conversation on Please familiarize yourself with the community guidelines. Avoid personal attacks: Lively, vigorous conversation is welcomed and encouraged, insults, name-calling and other personal attacks are not. No commercial peddling: Promotions of commercial goods and services are inappropriate to the purposes of this forum and can be removed. Respect copyrights: Post citations to sources appropriate to support your arguments, but refrain from posting entire copyrighted pieces. Be yourself: Accounts suspected of using fake identities can be removed from the forum.