The Piercing Truth

This is right from the dictionary and seems to describe Albuquerque, Berry and Schultz. Fascism (f ash ,izem) noun An authoritarian right wing system of government and/or social organization. (in general use) extreme right wing, authoritarian, chauvinistic and/or intolerant views or practices. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one group over another, national, ethnic, especially social strata or monetarily; a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach. Compliments of one of our Eyes

Jul 24, 2014

WHY?

Ever since the DOJ announced their formal investigation into the City of Albuquerque and their police department in November 2012, and even before, we've been told over and over how fantastic all things are with the city. We've heard from Richard "RJ" Berry how great the city's operations are. He told us how great the city's economy is and that we've "turned the corner." He told us that APD is one of the best departments in the country. Richard "RJ" Berry told us he has some of the best advisers money can buy. He told us how crime is at an all time low. He told us how persons responsible for crimes and waster in APD will be held responsible.

But we know these are all lies. And now, in the days following the disgusting "wilding" murder of two transients by three of the city's teenagers, the DOJ released a "Statement of Principles" report summarizing some agreements between DOJ and the city of Albuquerque.

See it here: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2014/July/14-crt-777.html

What is so stunning in this report is how, so much is now agreed upon by the city and their confirming of lies by Richard "RJ" Berry.  Among the statement's highlights:

1. APD has systemic issues and problems.
2. APD's problems require systemic reform.
3. APD's problems include: use of force policies, interaction with persons with mental disabilities policies, tactical unit policies, IA policies, managements and supervision policies, recruitment policies, and community engagement policies.
4. APD's problems require urgent attention.
5. The agreement requires filing it in court and having it entered as a court order.

Clearly if Richard "RJ" Berry and company will lie about what is obviously a failed police department, isn't it likely he'll lie about anything? Is it not time to fully review both the record of Berry and of course Susana Martinez's record. In fact, it seems like everything either of these two politicos have said is just a lie.  You know, like Richard "RJ" Berry keeping Ray Schultz as chief and praising him as a great chief.

We at the Eye ask.....Why?

Jul 21, 2014

Will the Real Susana Martinez Please Come On Down!!!

With all the drama of the state's largest city unfolding on an hourly basis, your loveable Eye has been remiss.

You see, believe it or not there's a governor's race going on! And if you haven't been paying attention there are some very unusual things going on.

You see, four years ago, the state was facing an "illegal alien crisis" that candidate Susana Martinez campaigned to stop. Now, it's an "immigration issue" and Governor and candidate Susana Martinez is visiting the Immigration and Custom Enforcement holding facility down in Artesia visiting women and children who are detained there.


As if that doesn't strike you as odd, there's this little tidbit. Usually, Republicans are all gung-ho when it comes to supporting veterans. You do remember what veterans are right? Those former soldiers, sailors, and airmen who served in our nation's armed forces? Well, it seems our Governor is just a little bit picky about her support of veterans. You see, when it comes to draping herself in a flag and saying she's all for them, she's got no problem doing that. But when it comes to actually supporting them, well, not so fast.

There's a little case involving a veteran that is headed to New Mexico's supreme court and it involves federally protected rights under the Uniformed Services Employment and ReEmployment Rights Act. In a nutshell:

USERRA protects civilian job rights and benefits for veterans and members of the active and Reserve components of the U.S. armed forces. USERRA provides that returning service-members must be promptly reemployed in the same position that they would have attained had they not been absent for military service, with the same seniority, status and pay, as well as other rights and benefits determined by seniority.

And a certain soldier, Phillip Ramirez had his USERRA rights violated when he was fired by none other than CYFD. Mr. Ramirez filed suit and won. The state, under direction of Governor Martinez, appealed and the court found that federal law has no authority over state law. (Huh?). Mr. Ramieriz then appealed to the supreme court and was granted his appeal. Now entering the fight on behalf of Mr. Ramirez is the state's Attorney General and possibly the US Dept. of Justice. Of course, who is on the other side? Susana Martinez. Here's the governor posing with Mr. Ramirez unbeknownst to her that this is the man suing her. But for all she seems to care....it's a photo-op with a vet!!

So folks, it doesn't take a genius to figure this out, but the question is why would Susana Martinez drape herself in "immigrants" but now abandon veterans who have been harmed by her own administration?
To those the support Susana, the floor is yours. Please justify her actions that clearly do not support a veteran's rights. 

We want to be sure we get it, to Susana Martinez: Illegal Immigrants--OK  Veteran Employment Rights: NO OK.

Jul 15, 2014

APOA Meltdown

On Monday a lawsuit was filed against the Albuquerque Police Officer's Association by former officers Rob Woollever and John Doyle. Our Eyes have been telling us this has been a longtime coming. In the press release by their lawyer, and former APD officer Thomas Grover, it said:



"With no acknowledgment or thanks to self-serving purposeful actions and omissions by the APOA, Mr. Schultz generated near hysteria as he paraded the video (and misrepresented) Mr. Doyle and Mr. Woolever’s efforts as they subdued an armed fleeing felon without using deadly force February 2011. He terminated them later that year in November. This, not by coincidence, occurred during a time when the United States Department of Justice was conducting a preliminary investigation into Mr. Schultz and his police department for patterns and practices of unconstitutional use of force.

“I thought the APOA and their lawyer Fred Mowrer were there to defend us and all the other officers. Finding out, and realizing, they were just using Rob and I to help Schultz keep his job and to keep feathering their own nest with union money was one of the most cowardly, disgusting, and dishonorable acts I’ve seen in my twenty plus years as a street cop” remarked former APD officer John Doyle. “I truly feel that this lawsuit is only the beginning of what needs to be done to clean up the APOA. This incident needs a full-blown criminal investigation.”

Despite all of Mr. Schultz’s efforts to use Mr. Doyle and Mr. Woolever as scapegoats to avoid a formal Department of Justice investigation, the DOJ still came in upon APD because of the broad and deep failures of Mr. Schultz himself. Noticeably absent from the April 10, 2014, Department of Justice findings letter was the incident involving Mr. Doyle and Mr. Woolver."
 
The APOA has long had a history of granting preferential treatment to some members while openly discriminating against others in the issuance of member benefits. These internal problems are in addition to all of the financial improprieties which were revealed in 2012. With this lawsuit, Mr. Doyle and Mr. Woolever not only seek recovery of damages caused upon them by Defendants Filiberto “Joey” Sigala, Ronald Olivas, Stephanie Lopez, Shaun Willoughby, and their counsel Frederick Mowrer, but relief for all the regular patrol officers and detectives who also have been victimized by the failures of their union.


As we've reported here at the Eye for many years things  in the APOA have been a little too loose with officers money and too cozy with administration. In response to the lawsuit, APOA president Lopez said in today's Albuquerque Journal that she didn't know if the Doyle or Woolever ever asked the APOA for assistance in their case.

Look folks, this is a slam dunk for Doyle and Woollever and we wish them the best possible outcome in their case against the APOA. Since when does a sitting police chief go around promoting the criminal prosecution of his officers and a police union sit quiet about it? And given that virtually every APOA president since Lawrence Torres has had their hand in the union's bank account while Schultz has had them on a leash...we'd say this is a long time coming.
 

Jul 13, 2014

Would the Real Chief Step Forward?

Our Eyes out on the street tell us, let’s just say, there is a power struggle within APD.  The issue is, “Who is the Chief of Police?”  This is like watching a bad act.
 
ACT #1
 
As you recall Berry claimed Ray Schultz walked on water and was the greatest thing since the toilet.  Well, APD continued to be flushed down the toilet because of the inept leadership, Berry and Shultz.
 
ACT #2
 
Eden was brought in as the Chief of Police the last day of the advertised vacancy to throw his hat in.  Eden was given a whopping salary to be the Chief of Police and Ray Schultz was sent skidding out the door (so much for walking on water and being the greatest thing since the toilet).  Meanwhile Eden gave his blessing to the Boyd shooting as being justified and immediately lost all credibility.  We acknowledge Eden never really had control of the PD nor did Schultz.
 
ACT #3
 
So in order to fix the blunder of hiring and keeping Eden, after bouncing Schultz, Berry promises the world to Bob Huntsman if he would return to APD as a Deputy Chief of Police.  Well, Huntsman has been barking all the orders to the troops.  However, problems still remain and APD is still in the toilet because of inept leadership.
 
ACT #4
 
Next course of inept action is to hire an official PIO (public information officer).  Janet Blair is brought on as the new PIO and has been caught several times, let’s just say, fibbing.  Some of our Eyes are telling us Blair is now behind the scenes giving orders also.
 
Now APD has technically, three Chiefs of Police.  The combined salary of the three administrators (Eden, Huntsman and Blair) is in the neighborhood of $350,000.00. The City is spending a lot of money and one would reasonably expect some results.  Well, here are the results:
 
 APD is still in the toilet because of past inept leadership and now current inept leadership.
 
The troops do not have a clear and defined leadership.
 
Tax payers are out $350,000.00.
 
The Berry Administration needs to admit their wrong and cut their losses and hire a real leader.  The deterioration continues and the men and women in the APD are paying the price directly; indirectly the public is being ripped apart.  There is a huge difference between a “Classy Act” and a “Class-C Act.”  The Berry Administration is the latter of the two. 



Jul 11, 2014

Surging Storm: Mary Han

Our Eyes forwarded this excerpt from what we are told is an explosive segment of KNME's New Mexico In Focus that is going to be aired this evening.




You see, in the midst of all the protests and controversies involving APD, there's been a quiet but very dark shadow looming over the city's leadership. For those that don't remember, very prominent and outspoken civil rights and criminal defense lawyer Mary Han was found deceased on November 18, 2010. At that death scene, virtually all of then APD's brass and much of the city's civilian leadership showed up, flooded, and tampered with the scene so that no effective investigation could be done to determine what had happened. In fact, the allegations that department brass were so ghoulish in their behavior is only compounded by the fact that they were aided and abetted by the likes of current CAO Rob Perry and then Public Safety Director Darren White and their minions, TJ Wilham and Chris Huffman-Rameriz.

If you recall, in 2010 people were then calling for DOJ to investigate APD. Then upon Ms. Han's suspicious death, all reins on APD and Albuquerque seemed to break loose and now look at the mess we are in.

In this interview segment, we see that the family's attorney, Rosario Vega-Lynn is present, the chief counsel, David Pederson, for the NM Attorney General, and two former officers from APD: Thomas Grover (former APD sergeant and friend of Ms. Han) and Brian McCutcheon (former APD crime lab lieutenant).

Now we know the Susana'ites and haters will come out and try to justify or distract the happenings at the scene on November 18, 2010 by attacking those that dare speak out against the misconduct of those there at the scene.

Misconduct like, as we are told, the taking of cell phone images, trespassing, destroying evidence, tampering with evidence, and the mere presence of civilian personnel who had no business whatsoever at a crime scene. So instead of attacking those that step up, go ahead and defend the actions of Rob Perry, Allen Banks, Paul Feist, Beth Paiz, Darren White, TJ Wilham, Chris Huffman Ramirez, Marc Adams, Trish Hoffman, and Mike Muniz....

Mr. Perry recently stated he goes to high-profile APD scenes so that he can provide dissemination of information. Well perhaps he can step out of his hovel and disseminate some information about why he was at this scene doing things that so many cops have been fired for while he gets a $30,000 raise? Perhaps Mr. Wilham could put the burr-eat-oh down and answer a few questions without breaking into a cold green sweat?

As one of our more frequent commentators says, this should be "very interesting"....

Jul 8, 2014

APOA Contract Pass: But Who's to Blame?

Yesterday the much discussed APOA/City contract passed 260 FOR versus 194 AGAINST out of a possible total vote of about 775.  Quickly issuing a statement concerning the split vote, APOA president Stephanie Lopez said:



"The APOA membership is thankful that this contract met with the approval of the majority of our Officers. We view this as a key element in the continued efforts necessary to build trust and cooperation with the citizens of this great city. The hard work of our leadership, the administration and city council has proven that we are moving forward in the right direction, to restore what our Officers have been harmed."

But quickly taking credit for the contract was Mayor Berry (who came out of his bunker for one quick second):

“I am very pleased that our police officers voted to accept this contract that takes their cumulative pay increases since I took office to almost 12 percent, while ending the practice of taxpayers footing the bill for union business. I appreciate the efforts of the City Council for appropriating the funding and of the APOA and my staff for putting together a contract that makes sense for officers and our community."

Hmmmm.....

Jun 30, 2014

Proposed Tentative Contract Sneaks on Through?

 
"Here you sell it cause I'm not taking the hit on this!"

Hmmm, the Eye takes a little much needed vacay and what happens, our dear friends at the APOA decide to sneak the latest version of the APOA contract in for a vote on next Monday, July 7.

APOA President Lopez, describes the new contract as being reasonable and that it is:

"2% away from making us whole from the Contract Violations and budget cuts that were imposed on our membership in 2010. This is a substantial increase that puts the APOA membership on the road to recovery."

Here's a link to APOA president Stephanie Lopez and Paul Broom's presentation regarding the one-year contract.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QP2QDEhWCTw

Now, some existing folks in the APOA relayed to us there concerns and these explain why this contract is being rushed to be accepted. In short, CAO Rob Perry gets his way. But in detail here are some major concerns:


-Perry gets his way and the union pays for their own time. Brooms sells this as being a something that benefits officers given whats coming from the DOJ.
 
-Officers are going to pay more into their PERA. Any raise just goes to fund the PERA.
 
-I am totally baffled about longevity.  Scale 1, Scale 2?  Are these amounts that the officer gets every 
  2 weeks, monthly, yearly?
 
-Polygraph gets extra pay?  There is no Polygraph unit.  Frank and Johnson should not be getting 
  extra pay for not doing Polygraph.
 
-What exactly is the pay raise are the officers getting?  Lopez and company say 5% but it doesn’t say 
  that.  It should.  Everything should be spelled out.  So they get a 5% pay raise, but the officers are 
  going to have to pick up at minimum 1.12% more into PERA and lose vacation time to fund the 
  union.  So lets just say they are getting a 3% pay raise, maybe.
 
-Retention pay for senior officers is gone.  Who does this?  We are down almost 300 officers and we 
  need to keep the experience but no, Berry and Perry strike that from the contract.  Well maybe they 
  want the senior guys to flee, err I mean retire at 20.
 
-While APOA officers are paying a huge portion into their PERA account, Prisoner Transport personnel (they're NOT officers) are paying next to nothing. In fine print the contract says:
 
The city shall pay 8.76% of each employee’s PERA Contribution in addition to the City’s employer premium contribution.


-PTU officer however will be going into their own bargaining unit after this contract. So why should APD officers leverage the cost of PTU personnel now?! Or is it as Lopez says, the APOA will negotiate for them as their own bargaining unit.

"A lot of sacrifices were made. This is a huge increase," says Stephanie Lopez. Broom states that this is the best we can do and the biggest raise of city employees. As best scripted by Perry and Berry.

Several months ago, an all but totally similar contract was presented to the officers and defeated with virtual unanimous support of the rank and file. What say you officers?