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Artist files suit against officers, Santa Fe over dog poop incident


SANTA FE – A well-known American Indian artist is suing officers from the Santa Fe Police Department and the city of Santa Fe, alleging that officers violated his constitutional rights when they used excessive force in detaining him in an incident that started with dog poop.

Award-winning Pojoaque painter Mateo Romero filed a complaint in District Court last week seeking punitive and compensatory damages for an incident that took place in July 2014.

According to the suit, Romero pulled into Maria Markus’ driveway on Old Santa Fe Trail near Museum Hill to clean feces his Shih Tzu had produced in his car.


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