A new lawsuit claims the FBI and the Justice Department went to war to silence local news outlets after the newspaper reported on the death of a local police officer.
A new report from the American Civil Liberties Union alleges that the FBI sought to silence the Albuquerque Police Department in 2009 by sending undercover agents to the paper.
In response, the Albuquerque-based paper published a story that revealed that a man had been shot and killed by Albuquerque police.
The FBI used a warrant to search the paper’s office, according to the lawsuit.
The FBI claimed that it had “lost control” of the newspaper and threatened the paper with lawsuits if it continued to publish the story, according a copy of the lawsuit obtained by ABC News.
According to the complaint, the newspaper was forced to hire a lawyer after being threatened by the FBI, and the FBI claimed the newspaper’s decision to publish was in direct violation of federal law.
But the lawsuit says that the lawsuit is false and that the investigation into the shooting was a civil rights violation.
The case is being filed in federal court in Albuquerque.
The Albuquerque Police Officers Association declined to comment on the lawsuit, saying it has no comment on pending litigation.