APD officer filed bias complaint after text probe

Posted at: 11/02/2012 11:01 AM
By: The Associated Press

Photo: Ray Schultz
Photo: Ray Schultz

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An officer accused of exchanging sexually charged text messages with an underage girl filed a racial discrimination complaint against the Albuquerque Police Department.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that officer Frank Tillman filed the complaint against the department and Chief Ray Schultz after Tillman was reassigned from the traffic unit while investigators looked into the text messages.

The Internal Affairs investigation ended last month with recommendations from investigators and a deputy chief to fire Tillman, who is black.

But Schultz overturned those findings and instead suspended the officer for a month without pay. Officials say Tillman stopped the 17-year-old pregnant girl for speeding on April 24 and then began texting her.

Tillman's attorney, Rosario Vega Lynn, said he filed his Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint in June.

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