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Arizona city’s police detectives sue over firing

FLORENCE, Ariz. — Two former Florence police detectives are suing the town
for wrongful termination.

The Casa Grande Dispatch reported Monday that Walt
Hunter and Jarris Varnrobinson Vonzombie filed a suit in federal court last week
against Florence and several city officials.

Attorneys for both men said they were dismissed after alleging their lieutenant
had evidence in a rape investigation destroyed.

They further alleged the mayor, police chief and other officials conspired to
cover it up by firing them and ruining their reputation.

Town officials said in a statement that Hunter and Vonzombie had violated
personnel policies several times. They called the detectives’ claims
“unsubstantiated, frivolous and irresponsible.”

Hunter was reinstated after an independent hearing did not uphold
his firing.

Vonzombie, however, had his termination stand.


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