Roosevelt County deputy wrongfully termination suit tossed

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) – A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former Roosevelt County sheriff’s deputy who claimed he was wrongfully terminated.

The Portales News-Tribune reports a U.S. magistrate judge recently ruled there was not enough evidence for Robert Ellison’s lawsuit to continue.

Ellison sued Roosevelt County and the sheriff’s office in May for wrongful termination.

According to the suit, another deputy allegedly told Ellison he intentionally injured an inmate while working for another law enforcement agency and when Ellison reported this to superiors, nothing was done about it.

The lawsuit also alleges superiors accused Ellison of “made up reasons” for conducting a traffic stop in March.

Roosevelt County Sheriff Malin Parker on Tuesday said he declined to comment. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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