Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

2 Hobbs Officers Violated Rights.(New Mexico)

Byline: Guillermo Contreras Journal Staff Writer

Black Men Win $18,542 in Fees

A federal jury on Friday decided that two Hobbs police officers violated the civil rights of two black men and awarded them a total of about $18,500 in legal fees.

After four days of testimony, the jury of four men and four women found officer Rhonnie Shaw violated the rights of Michael Hodge during an arrest in 1996 and that Sgt. Mark Rhoads wrongfully arrested Chris Mackey in 1998.

Jurors began deliberating about 3:30 p.m. Thursday and returned the verdict about 3:40 p.m. Friday.

The jury did not find police had violated Mackey's civil rights in any of the other 50 to 70 traffic stops he alleged police had made. …

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