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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
May 25, 2012
Perry, Berry and Schultz: The Puppet Master's
On Tuesday, May 22nd, KRQE-13, aired a story detailing corruption within the Albuquerque Police Academy that involved elements as far as APD Deputy Chief Allen Banks and Mayor Berry's police chief, Ray Schultz. The story detailed the exceptional favoritism granted to a cadet and cadet candidates. KRQE posted the story after it aired on website and was listed here:
First there was Cadet Carlisle who was reported to be in such poor physical condition he failed out of the last APD class and was given a city job as an assistant police service aid assigned to the valley area command. Between academy classes APD, our Eyes tell us, provided Carlisle with a complimentary personal trainer from the academy so that he could improve his fitness level to publicized APD minimum standards. Our Eyes tell us that despite Carlisle's hybrid job description, a police service aid's aid (call sign "PS21a"), allowing him to train while "on duty," Carlisle still had problems keeping up with the fitness routine in the current class. Carlisle also took out his frustration upon a female cadet and, reports and Eyes indicate, he was commonly offensive in a sexual manner to her to include staring, improper comments, and hand stroking gestures. Despite the female cadet bringing her concerns to her squad supervisor and the basic academy sergeant, her pleas for relief were not answered. At some point APD Commander Tim Gonterman came down to his academy and, in the best of management practices, addressed the class en masse and demanded concerns be raised publicly. When no cadet ventured to raise concerns in such a public and chilling setting, Gonterman declared the issue resolved. Yet, upon DCOP Banks being replaced by DCOP Steve Warfield, it seems Carlisle lost the protection of Banks as Warfield quickly had Cadet Carlisle fired for multiple sexual harassment offenses.
Then there are the family members who desire to be APD cadets. Namely the son of retired Captain Ron Hetes and the wife of Commander Harold Medina. The son of Hetes, we are told, failed his first polygraph and then, when given a second polygraph, the polygrapher determined Hetes was employing countermeasures to defeat the test and immediately failed the candidate. Routine practices at APD’s academy would have resulted in a “never to be hired” memo entered in Hetes’ personnel file. Our Eyes tell us this candidate is being pushed forward with another class.
Reports indicate that Commander Medina's wife does not satisfy the 60 credit hour educational eligibility requirements. Yet, despite these automatic disqualifying factors, the candidates were being pushed through by orders from the 5th floor to be included in a future academy class. In the best of spousal loyalty, when a reporter asked Cmdr. Medina about this issue involving his wife he said it was a matter "between her and the city."
Perhaps our readers saw this story Tuesday evening. Perhaps viewers saw the video interview with the APD officer who confirmed these and other issues on camera. Perhaps viewers also saw how the APD officer had to have their identity and voice modified because they are in such fear of retaliation by the department that they have to have protection as if a witness against organized crime. That's an amazing consideration: an officer sworn to uphold the law speaking out against apparent department misconduct is in such fear of retaliation that their identity must be concealed.
But the reality and veracity of the officer's fear were confirmed shortly later. KRQE's story was up on its website briefly Wednesday morning but then disappeared. It was posted at LINK. Then the story disappeared. Gone. Remnants of the story can still be found IMAGE. But on KRQE's site, there is no record of it.
Our Eyes tell us city CAO Rob Perry took a lesson from Darren White and demanded the station pull the story. Our eyes tell us, Perry, whom we all know lacks any form of finesse, threatened to sue KRQE. Instead of challenging the city's threat to deny the station's First Amendment protected freedoms, the station folded and deleted the story.
Our Eyes also tell us there is an effort of unprecedented proportions within APD to identify the brave officer who stepped forward to tell the truth.
Once again, in the face of having the truth revealed and there being full disclosure to what really is going on, Rob Perry and the mayor's police chief, Ray Schultz, coerce compliance in ways that violate the law and the rights of others in efforts to suppress the truth. If this is how they act with matters of patronage and nepotism at the police academy, what will they do when faced with even more volatile issues involving deadly force or human rights? If this is what they do to a private news station, what limits do they respect with their own employees? If this is how they act in public, how are they in private and to what ends will they work to injure private citizens?
The Eye applauds the unnamed officer for stepping up and encourages them and others to forward information and facts anonymously to this site. As only the truth will set one free and provide much needed sunlight to the actions of city executives that apparently know no limits to their wrongful actions and are comfortable threatening the media.
DESPITE Rob Perry’s efforts, here’s a transcript of the story:
Cop claims cadets got special treatment
Source: Knew people in high places
Updated: Wednesday, 23 May 2012, 10:20 AM MDT
Published : Wednesday, 23 May 2012, 10:05 AM MDT
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Albuquerque Police vowed to raise its standards and hire better officers, in the wake of recent police shootings. However, KRQE News 13 has learned a few unqualified recruits are being pushed along because of who they know.
Standards lowered, rules bent and exceptions made. That is what sources say is happening in the Albuquerque Police Department and some of the allegations go all the way to the top.
“Most people don't hear about this stuff outside of the department,” a source said.
KRQE News 13 is protecting his identity. He is an Albuquerque cop, and he knows things the police department may not want you to know.
“Trust me everyone knows life is not fair, but that doesn't mean that the selection process shouldn't be,” said the source.
According to the source, special treatment for Cadet Gary Carlisle made him come forward.
Gary Carlisle was a police service aid, who tried to become a cop before but could not pass the physical test.
“But because he was already in the system so to speak and had connections inside the department he was allowed to start the academy over the objections of a lot of people,” said the source.
A source says Carlisle knows two deputy chiefs and was not only allowed back into the academy but was also given an APD personal trainer.
The source also says another cadet then made sexual harassment claims against Carlisle and newly appointed Deputy Chief Steve Warfield kicked him out of the academy just recently.
There are other cadets with high connections.
According to the source, former Commander Ron Hetes' son failed two polygraphs; one because he tried to use something to help him pass the lie detector test.
Deputy Chief Allen Banks said Hetes will have to wait a year before re-applying but sources say he's been told he won't have to wait. Sources also say lying should have disqualified him for life.
Also according to the source, Commander Harold Medina's wife is going to get a chance in the next class, even though she lacks the requirements.
“Sixty college hours basically an associate’s degree or three years military,” said the source.
Commander Medina did not want to discuss his wife's employment because it's between her and the city and has nothing to do with him. APD says it could not respond to these allegations because questions were personnel matters.
The department did send a statement saying the process to become an officer is rigorous.
APD also said the cadet accused of sexual harassment quit the academy and was not kicked out of the academy.
No person, group, state, municipality or government has the right to abridge the right(s) of a person or the media to speak freely. The Eye On Albuquerque hopes the citizens of Albuquerque remember these filthy acts when it comes time to VOTE!
The Eye leaves you with these two thoughts:
“A state that suppresses all freedom of speech, and which by imposing the most terrible punishments, treats each and every attempt at criticism, however morally justified, and every suggestion for improvement as plotting to high treason, is a state that breaks an unwritten law.”
“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
UPDATE (25May12 @ 1530 hrs): Click below to view the video that Perry, Berry and Schultz tried to hide.