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Sgt. Troy Baker is under investigation for social media posts. Clyde Mueller/New Mexican file photo

Santa Fe police Chief Patrick Gallagher said Monday he has ordered internal affairs investigations into whether the police union president and a second officer engaged in conduct unbecoming of an officer in separate and unrelated incidents.

Sgt. Troy Baker, head of the Santa Fe Police Officers Association, is under investigation for postings on his Facebook page that included comments about African-Americans, women, Muslims, immigrants and more, Gallagher said.

Also under investigation is Officer Isaiah Anaya. That probe centers on allegations that Anaya made obscene drawings on a person while off duty at a house party with other law enforcement officers in September, the chief said. He declined to identify the alleged victim.

The department has stripped Anaya of his gun, badge and interactions with the public during the investigation, Gallagher said. The internal affairs unit, which has conducted interviews, is examining the role alcohol played in the incident, he said.

Gallagher said he learned about the incident two weeks ago and made the decision to launch an internal affairs investigation into the allegations last week. He described the markings Anaya reportedly drew on the person in only broad terms.

“I would call them inappropriate,” Gallagher said. “I would call them offensive.”

Anaya has been with the department since November 2014, he said. He gets paid $23 an hour, according to the city’s website. There is another person at the department with the same name, but that person is a public safety aide.

Attempts to contact Anaya for comment Monday evening were unsuccessful.

Gallagher said he ordered the investigation of Baker on Monday after learning about his Facebook postings from the Santa Fe Reporter. The newspaper published a story on its website about images and commentary that Baker shared with his Facebook friends.

On Feb. 1, for instance, Baker shared an image showing a cartoon rendering of a vehicle running over three stick figures. The headline read, “All Lives Splatter.”

“Nobody cares about your protest,” reads the image’s caption. “Moral of the story .. Stay off the road!!”

Baker shared another photograph of a woman, according to the postings obtained by the Santa Fe Reporter. “Don’t fat shame me,” the caption reads, “but pay for my healthcare!”

Another posting was captioned, “Let’s Discuss What Islam Offers.” It then listed rape, beheadings, hostage taking and more. Another posting asked why it wasn’t OK to keep a stolen car that remained hidden if illegal immigrants are allowed to stay if they remain hidden.

Multiple attempts to reach Baker on Monday evening were unsuccessful.

The Santa Fe Reporter quoted Baker defending some of the Facebook posts and saying the views were his own.

“I’m not bringing it to work,” he told the paper. “You find one person I am not giving appropriate community service to due to their gender, race or ethnicity. Find one.”

Gallagher told The New Mexican the Facebook posts do not reflect the beliefs of the department.

Baker, whom the city lists as being paid $33.41 an hour, will not be placed on leave for the internal affairs investigation, Gallagher said.

Baker was fired in 2010 after claims of brutality by a man he helped to arrest for disorderly conduct, but a review board later reinstated him.

Gallagher said officers need to make sure their private actions do not diminish the department’s reputation. “What they do post on social media, it can become a reflection of them,” he said.

Contact Justin Horwath at 505-986-3017 or jhorwath@sfnewmexican.com.