Today is Thursday, June 21st, 2012. It’s frequently interesting to note what occurred on the same date but many decades ago. Reflecting on today’s date but in 1960, we at the Eye wanted to see what significant historical events occurred. Perhaps there was some stunning action in Vietnam? Or maybe an event between the United States and the Soviet Union? In all of our searching of the internet, we found….nothing. Nothing of significance happened on today’s date in 1960.
This really shouldn’t surprise us, because it’s symptomatic of what Mayor Berry’s police chief, Ray Schultz, has done for the citizens of Albuquerque and the Albuquerque Police Department. He has contributed nothing of positive significance. But Chief Schultz can claim to have made a horrendously negative impact. In fact he can claim (and we’re sure our endless readers can add more to this list):
-Schultz was found guilty of violating an officer's civil rights resulting in
damages in excess of $500,000. The jury found Schultz lied under
-Schultz oversaw and white-washed the entire David Young reserve officer
debacle which is still being litigated upon.
-Several of the twenty-five plus police shootings are dubious at best and will continue to haunt
the department until they too are played out in civil proceedings. How
many "bad shoots" can a chief endure?
-The Evidence Room scandal never really was addressed. In fact,
current CAO Rob Perry was a lawyer for, and successfully defended, one of the
parties Schultz tried to smear as being at fault for the problem.
-Arbitrary and desperate promotion practices run rampant as merit is the last
thing Schultz considers when promoting people to Commander level positions. The latest round of promotions sets a new low for required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
-While two officers have been killed on duty, more than twice as many have, or
made efforts to, commit suicide.
-Calls for dispatch remain at an all time-high and response times remain the
same despite there being the manipulation "en route" and "arrived"
statuses by dispatchers.
-There exists a culture that by the chief's own words is defined by him.
"Sue me, because in three years I won't be here." Honest
criticism is met simply by vindictive actions and overt retaliation.
-Officer's due process rights are routinely violated in efforts by Schultz
to regain lost credibility. How much will the department pay because of
his harm upon Tim Chavez, Orlando Comacho, John Doyle, Rob Wollever, Sam
Costales and others?
-Despite being forewarned about the history of conduct by Levi Chavez, efforts
to discipline were blocked at every level until it became too late.
-Then there's the Darren White debacle as Schultz openly professed his
ignorance about the basis for DWI investigations.
-And let's not forget about the two fellows that were wrongfully accused of murder and coerced into self-incriminating statements only to be fully exonerated.
-Anybody remember Pat Murdoch? Do we really think this poor investigation was not reviewed and approved by Schultz himself?
-Consistently claiming to be unaware of significant issues (where do we really start with this?)
-APD’s SWAT unit losing its Federal certification/status.
-Endorsement of sexual harassment and sexual discrimination at APD’s Police Academy.
-Fiscal mismanagement as the department’s $160 million budget spins out of control while manpower remains at early 2000 levels.
So on today’s date, we note that what is memorable, is that given all the failures of Chief Schultz, it is abundantly clear, he holds something against Mayor Berry or others for in no other setting would somebody with such an endless string of failures remain as the department’s leader.
Rumor has it; Schultz is finally on his way out. We hear Schultz is purchasing a home in Colorado and possibly has a job lined-up. We here in Albuquerque are pleased with this information but are saddened that a community in Colorado will fall victim to this fascist dictator and all the liability that goes with him. Be sure to thank Berry for the big fat pension you will take with you Sergeant Schultz.