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    Here is the contact info for the NM State Police. If you believe (as I do) that the State Police Officer acted unprofessionally, immorally, and illegally for his own personal financial gain took advantage of a desperate stranded person, then lodge your complaint. I'm calling!

    When you complain, remember, the Trooper NEVER would have had access to that information had he not had the badge and the legal authority attached to it. By using his authority for his financial gain, and to the detriment of the legitimate hunter who he stopped, he has abused this authority. His action is clearly unlawful.

    Chief Carlos Maldonado
    (505)827-9002
    cmaldonado@dps.state.nm.us


    State Police Headquarters Contact Information
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    PO Box 1628
    Santa Fe, NM 87501
    (505)827-3395 fax

    Inspector Gabe Romero
    Internal Affair/Research & Development
    (505)827-9031
    gromero@dps.state.nm.us

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomtom
    When you complain, remember, the Trooper NEVER would have had access to that information had he not had the badge and the legal authority attached to it.
    Did I miss something? I thought the information was offered voluntarily after an extremely stressful situation. The gentleman locked his keys in his car, no? I thought the trooper was there to assist him and the information about the hunt was revealed after the fact. Please do correct me if I am wrong. Thanks.

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    Ok, as horrible I think this is that this woman and her husband took advantage of a decent, honest person participating in the hunt, what they did is not against the law.

    My husband is an attorney.

    The State trooper and his wife did not commit a crime in obtaining the token - although they may have violated the rules of the game (which is up to MS to decide).

    However, if they LIE about they way in which they obtained the token, in an attempt to convince MS that they did not break the rules, THEN that would be a crime. The crime is obtaining money by false pretenses. Therefore, at this time, they have done nothing LEGALLY wrong.

    The trooper did not use his authority to force the man to give him the information, it was given voluntarily.

    So please, let's not go overboard. Before everyone inundates the police with these complaints, let's be clear on what the LAW says, and trust MS to do what he feels is fair and right.

    The wonderful irony is that if they tell the truth about how they obtained the token, they are likely NOT to get it. If they lie about how they obtained the token - they commit a crime! HA! How's that for justice??

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    In a stressful situation, you are highly likely to trust in an established authority symbol, ,such as a child trusting an adult(classic kidnapping scenario) or an adult divulging information to a police officer. So while this is a crappy scenario, it is perfectly understandable that he let info slip. After all, the man was a police officer, right?

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    State Troopers are held to a higher standard of professionalism and discretion...the trooper and his wife were basically parasites, following 2 legitimate hunters with a metal detector and tools. He was a State Trooper...were they supposed to tell him to go away? Again, he gained that info while on-duty, using his authority as a Badged law enforcement officer.

    If not a crime or criminal violation, this is at least a reason or him to be suspended, if not terminated! He is an absolute disgrace to the rest of the State Police in New Mexico. I just don't see where this added up to him doing his duty.

    And now his wife is on this forum spoting out about what "Good Christians" should do....I'll hold my tongue about that..

    In the context of this thread, I'm not saying anything about who should get the jewel for the token, I'm only saying this Trooper acted improperly, and should be held responsible and subject to consequences for his actions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomtom
    State Troopers are held to a higher standard of professionalism and discretion...the trooper and his wife were basically parasites, following 2 legitimate hunters with a metal detector and tools. He was a State Trooper...were they supposed to tell him to go away?
    I'm sorry, were you there? I read the account from katiebug. Where do you get that they were "parasites", following them around with tools??

    Again, he gained that info while on-duty, using his authority as a Badged law enforcement officer.
    Once again you exaggerate. You imply that he used his badge to force the hunter to give him information. He was given that information voluntarily.

    Yours is an invalid argument. Let's all try to calm down and think more clearly!

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    This happened to two other hunters the next day. Check the posts...

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    You're right. I just read the new post about the letter to MS. They did follow them around like parasites!

    Anyway, there's no reason to call the police. MS has responded. It's over.

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    In the context of helping a disabled motorist, the police officer would probably have (and most likely did) ask the treasure hunter for his ID and ask him what he was doing in the area. This is perfectly legal police practice and has captured many wanted criminals. This hunter no doubt told the truth about his dealings int he area, and if the idea of lying to the officer even flickered through his head, he would have rejected it. Come on, cops can detect a liar like Rottweilers smell fear.

    Up to this point, the trooper behaved like every other cop I know, well within his authority. After that, however, while not an abuse of power, it certainly smacks of unethical behavior. If he were in the military this would be perilously close to Conduct Unbecoming, a court martial offense.

    I believe this will all get sorted out in the wash, and while the real hunters might not get the treasure, at least this trooper and his wife won't either. Time will tell.

    Rob S.

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