Socorro police officers leave jail in oppression probe
Four West Texas police officers have been charged with official oppression over a May arrest.
Socorro police Lt. Jose Alvarez, Sgt. Refugio Orta and Officer Javier Varela were freed Thursday night after a judge lowered their bond and ordered them to surrender their badges. They were arrested when Texas Rangers and state troopers raided a Socorro police substation Tuesday.
Information made public in court indicates the charges are tied to a May 23 arrest by Varela and Officer Israel Delgado outside a convenience store. Probable cause questions have been raised.
Delgado bonded out of jail late Tuesday. Varela was also charged with aggravated perjury and tampering with a government record.
Defense attorney Patrick Lara says the charges will be fought and the officers want to keep their jobs.
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