The Albuquerque City Council voted unanimously on Monday night to have the IG (Inspector General) Office investigate the incident and circumstances involving former Public Safety Director, Darren White. White stands accused of several administrative violations and a long list of crimes ranging from impersonating a police officer to conspiracy to cover up his wife’s alleged DUI crash. The City Council voiced concerns that Deaton did not have the authority to conduct an investigation on non-sworn officer. Deaton’s findings were released on Friday, July 29, 2011.
The City Council’s vote to have the IG’s Office investigate is clearly a vote of “no trust” for Deaton. Immediately after releasing the report Deaton fled the country. Deaton knew before hand several facts; first, he did not have any subpoena powers, two, he knew that he had a personal and on-going friendship with White, and third, he knew the IG’s Office does have the investigative abilities with legitimate subpoena powers. The Eye sees Darren White bouncing and heading to Suffern, New York to “visit” family “again” now that he is in hot water again. The jester’s court of Berry’s fools has all the makings of a movie. Why would Deaton take off, to avoid being questioned about his poor shoddy investigation?
Deaton knew he did not have authority and should have refused to handle the case. Perhaps former Judge Deaton could have directed the City in the correct direction? According to the redacted report by Deaton, White was never interviewed, why? If White was interviewed, why was he not asked about the criminal allegations? If Deaton did interview White and failed to ask the important and relevant questions, doesn’t that make Deaton and his office guilty of conspiracy and a minimum of misfeasance, but more than likely malfeasance of duty? White was the cause of the investigation, he was at the center of the investigation and he was the primary target of the investigation. Now, how is it possible to clear everyone including White of wrong doing without interviewing the target? And if he was interviewed, how come none of the relevant questions asked, show any facts? On the other hand, how is it that Deaton dumped everything on Senior Officer Walck and then fled the country?
Deaton had a personal vendetta against Walck as did Chief Schultz. Both Deaton and Schultz appeared in Santa-Fe at the Law Enforcement Board several weeks ago in an attempt to have Walck decertified as a police officer on an un-related situation. The Law Enforcement Board in Santa-Fe refused to decertify Walck and unanimously voted in favor of Walck. This left both Deaton and Schultz angry and looking for anything to go after Walck in retaliation. They found their opportunity with Darren White’s blunders. Here again, when Deaton knew this case involved an officer that he held a personal vendetta against, Deaton should have refused to handle the case and recuse himself. Schultz knowing the situation should have voiced an objection if he had any integrity.
The Eye sees another huge settlement coming out of this case. The Eye is sure that Senior Officer Walck will welcome the big money but for the rest of us citizens paying out on incompetence, it is disheartening.
Deaton’s case is riddled with problems. For example; Schultz claimed there was no probable cause for a DUI investigation yet the IRO slams Walck for not conducting a DUI investigation. Does that mean that Deaton is calling Ray Schultz a liar? Deaton’s credibility has been ruined by his own actions and by the vote of no trust. The City should release Deaton from the City’s service. The person, who is chosen to replace Deaton, should be a credible person of good moral fabric.
Bravo to the City Council, especially the Honorable Ken Sanchez for stepping up to the plate and handling business!
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