Two Security Officers At Las Cruces Court Suspended

Two security officers who worked at U.S. District Court in Las Cruces have been suspended after allegations of impropriety cropped up in recent weeks.

U.S. Marshals Service spokesman James Badway says the officers worked for a private firm that helps the Federal Protective Service guard the courthouse. Badway would not provide details of the alleged misconduct or the identity of the guards to the Las Cruces Sun-News on Thursday. The newspaper says a spokesman for contractor Akal Security did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

Badway says the two officers were barred from working at the courthouse or any other federal facilities on Monday.

A lawyer representing the guards says they have not been fired. Lisa Toracco says the two have no idea what they're accused of doing wrong.

Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News.

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