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Arizona city's police detectives sue over firing

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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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