SOCORRO (November 2, 2012)--Four West Texas police charged with official oppression over a May arrest were free on bond Friday.
Socorro police Lt. Jose Alvarez, Sgt. Refugio Orta and Officer Javier Varela were freed Thursday night after a judge lowered their bond and ordered them to surrender their badges.
They were arrested Tuesday when Texas Rangers and state troopers raided a Socorro police substation.
Information made public in court indicates the charges are tied to a May 23 arrest by Varela and Officer Israel Delgado outside of a convenience store about which probable cause questions were raised.
Delgado bonded out of jail late Tuesday.
Varela was also charged with aggravated perjury and tampering with a government record.
Defense attorney Patrick Lara says the officers will fight the charges and want to keep their jobs.
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