ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An attorney for three former New Mexico State Police officers who settled discrimination and retaliation claims against the New Mexico Department of Public Safety and its former State Police chief said Thursday that they are seeking to be released from an unusual confidentiality agreement enforced by the state that seals the details of the settlement until 2023.
As first reported by the Albuquerque television station KRQE-TV this week, $1.7 million in settlements were reached at the end of former Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration before she left office Dec. 31.
Martinez has denied involvement in the agreements, according to The Associated Press.
One of the settled lawsuits alleged that former State Police Chief Pete Kassetas was engaged in “blatant, ongoing and systematic discrimination,” and the details of the settlement were sealed after mediation in December. Kassetas, who resigned when Martinez left office, has denied the allegations.