Quote of the Day
Does this sound familiar? 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
Apr 18, 2012
"SUBSTANDARD" Policing; Thanks Ray-Ray (1.7 Million Tax dollars lost)
During the Vietnam War, after missions where VietCong or NVA regular troops were killed, American soldiers occasionally left calling cards—death cards as they became known—to remind the enemy who they were fighting against. The Ace of Spades was this card and as such it is identified as the card of winter and thus known as the “death card.” To the Vietnamese, the icon of the spade held significant meaning and was itself a bad omen. Lately, this card represents a bad omen to the taxpayers of Albuquerque.
On July 6, 2009, the Eye broke a story about detectives of APD’s Criminal Nuisance Abatement Unit leaving the so-called death card at properties where they removed occupants and condemned the building as uninhabitable. Talk also focused on detectives taking pictures of themselves while boastfully standing over recently arrested or evicted persons while brandishing their rifles like Mexican narco-terrorists. The unit sought to inspire fear and intimidation as part of their, let’s be honest, largely administrative activities. Since then, the failures of this unit continued unabated and this past week CAO Rob Perry announced a settlement with the lawyer representing the plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit for almost $2 Million. Our Eyes tell us this lawsuit was filed in 2009 shortly after the revelations broke about the misconduct of the detectives in the CNAU. Mr. Perry and Mayor Berry were quick to state that this was a problem they inherited from the previous administration. We think that’s a weak statement given that the Berry administration endorsed the continued operations of the Safe City Strike Force since Berry’s election almost 2 ½ years ago. We also think it’s a ridiculous statement since these activities started and continued under the direction of APD Chief Ray Schultz—who apparently is still the chief of police.
Which leads us to questions we raised back in 2009: What were these detectives thinking? Either they indeed view their actions analogous with armed combat with an enemy in a war zone OR they are mocking the very activity they are engaged in. Either way, such conduct is an insult to every real officer who puts on a badge and gun and seriously takes their oath to serve and protect. Is it not enough to remove somebody from their dwelling that you have to “spike the football” by leaving a card that reinforces intimidation and fear. Our Eyes tell us not only did they leave cards as in the above pictures, but they posted them on walls with knives as well.
Chief Schultz will of course continue to publically assert his ignorance and that he knew nothing about it. But anybody who works with or knows Schultz concedes he is a consummate control-freak and to suggest he doesn’t know what’s going on in his department is not dealing with reality. How many previous chief’s had an MDT on their desktop? How many previous chiefs routinely use the Internal Affairs and Criminal Intelligence units to do specific tasks directed by the 5th floor? We are told the activities by these detectives, and worse, are among the reasons why the city settled this case. With the US Department of Justice evaluating whether or not there’s a pattern and practice of civil rights abuses by APD, the Mayor is doing everything he can to avoid such an investigation. As such it seems the Mayor (or CAO Rob Perry since we are told he’s the one that actually runs the city) will put his political interests before the interests of the taxpayers. This shouldn’t surprise us.
In Covey’s “Speed of Trust,” heavy emphasis is placed on Practicing Accountability. Great leaders build trust by first holding themselves accountable for bad results. They don’t blame others. This noble principle is something that, sadly, is without precedent in the leadership of APD or the City of Albuquerque. Chief Schultz and Mayor Berry are more interested in spiking the football to thwart any objective and independent review of the APD. They have spiked this football by unjustly terminating officers (all of whom seem to be winning their jobs back as of late), ignoring critical calls, disregarding misconduct by deputy chiefs, and dangerous events in particular and creating a general climate of distrust, fear, and intimidation in general. Do we see or hear any statements accepting personal accountability by Chief Schultz?
P.S. Our Eyes also tell us Mayor Berry is out of town in New York trying to bolster the city’s bond ratings which have continued to fall from AAA and Wall Street has given the city a “Negative Outlook.” How’s that for spiking the football?
P.P.S. We are also still trying to figure out why the APOA would attack the four city counselors who have been staunch advocates of the officers and their battles against the administration and why the APOA leadership would DEFEND APD’s leadership when they have failed the officers time and time again……
We are surprised Schultz didn't order the detectives to leave his calling card of a swastika; same difference right...