Police chief: Mistreatment of public won’t be tolerated

Las Cruces police department

LAS CRUCES (AP) – A New Mexico police chief says the mistreatment of the public will not be tolerated and that the force has made changes in the wake of a case in which a high school intern was sexually assaulted during a ride-along.

Las Cruces Police Chief Jaime Montoya says he’s confident the training and mentoring employees are receiving are steps in the right direction.

Montoya’s comments come after attorneys announced Wednesday that a $3 million settlement had been reached with the victim, Diana Guerrero.

Her civil lawsuit claimed the police department allowed for a culture of sexism and inappropriate behavior that led to her being assaulted by a detective in 2011.

The City Council plans to meet Monday to finalize the agreement.

Montoya says he’s hopeful the settlement will give closure to Guerrero and the department.

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