[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of County Commissioners of Otero County 11-2-1993 by Ord. No. 92-03. Amendments noted where applicable.]
To provide for the general welfare, public peace, health and safety of the citizens of Otero County, emergency passage of this chapter is required to protect the citizens of Otero County from current or potential violations of their rights or privilege as guaranteed by the United States Constitution, federal statutes and local ordinances.
The Civil Rights Act, 18 U.S.C. §§ 241 and 245(a)(1), shall be adopted as a County ordinance by the County Commissioners of Otero County.
All violations of this chapter and the rights or privileges that this chapter protects shall be filed with the County, District or Prosecuting Attorney or with the District Court Judge for submission to a grand jury. Once a petition regarding such violation of a right or privilege protected by this chapter is filed with the County, District or Prosecuting Attorney or the grand jury, an investigation of such violation must occur, including a determination of the identification of the person(s), including but not limited to any employee of the federal, state or County government responsible for such violation.
Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prohibit the County officers or the grand jury from investigating any potential violation of this chapter.
All violations of this chapter shall be considered a criminal matter, therefore, the punishment imposed upon the determination of a guilty verdict shall be the maximum punishment allowed by the state law of New Mexico.