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N.M. Officers File Whistle-blower Lawsuit Over Firing, Harassment

January 16, 2014  | 

Two former Los Alamos County police officers and one current officer filed a whistle-blower lawsuit Wednesday in District Court claiming they were retaliated against after reporting concerns over a fellow officer's mental health, reports the Santa Fe New Mexican.

Brian K. Schamber was sent involuntarily to a mental health facility for 10 days in 2012 after then commanders Scott Mills and Randy Foster and Detective Paige Early expressed concern that he was homicidal and suicidal, according to the lawsuit.

Schamber sued the county in 2013 after he was released and returned to duty, claiming he was wrongfully held at the state mental health hospital in Las Vegas, N.M. The county settled with him in December for $600,000 on the condition he resign from the department.

Wednesday's whistle-blower lawsuit claims that after the incident with Schamber, Foster was fired, Mills felt forced to resign, and Early, who is still with the department, has been harassed at work.

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Serpico @ 1/16/2014 6:34 PM

It would be dumb to stereotype every singe PD in the Nation to be corrupt. Any story in the media needs a hard look at. The Old Liberal Media, the so-called New Media Bloggers etc. The Old Days trusting the Est. Media, like in the Rodney King days are over. Everyone has an Agenda. I encourage everyone to look at Both sides of the story before making judgment. Nobody's going to agree with my View point, like the Kelly Thomas case. And I'm not right 100% of the time. But having an open mind, on small issues, can help with larger things that effect everyone. Like Agenda 21, and One World Government. Questioning things doesn't make you crazy. It makes you curious! Willing to LEARN about yourself and other things including the WORLD! What if we replaced the word Detective, with Conspiracy Theorist? Aren't Detectives curious about the TRUTH? My agenda is the Truth. People can screw up, but trying your best gets you half way there!

Capt.Crunch @ 1/17/2014 7:15 PM

It is not Schamber's, fault because he is bipolar or anyone elses fault. Schamber, appears to be violent or have violent thoughts when he is off his medication and for this reason he should not be a police officer. Most bipolar people have a hard time taking their medication because the medication makes them feel worst not better. Foster, Mills and Early,should not have humiliated him in front of his peers by forcing him like a suspect taking him to MHF where he was placed in a room with a bunch of mentally ill people, this was wrong and they should be fired because of this. Schamber,should have been placed on leave with pay and ordered to seek a doctor of his choice to ascertain if he was fit for duty.

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