Below is a letter sent to the Eye. For anyone who cares about this community and/or the Albuquerque Police Department, this letter is painful to read. The letter appears to be from the prospective of a regular "Joe" or "Jane" cop...Folks we all see the dangers of having an inept chief. Is everyone including our Mayor going to sit and do nothing until Schultz kills the entire community of Albuquerque with his incompetence?
Remember; the Paseo Del Norte re-build would not be an issue if the City still had the Thirty MILLION dollars Schultz has cost us all in liability (this is just one issue)...
When I was a rookie 34 in the early 2000's every TO I had told me to always make copies of my reports, copy my evidence tags, and if possible copy my evidence before I submitted anything. When I asked why to each of these veteran and wise cops who have since retired or transferred and who have forgotten more than I will ever know, they told me that frequently the department will lose things and when things are lost it will fall on the officer to prove he turned it in. I was told if you didn't have a copy you were SOL. And that the department would break it off in you. Over the years I have heard many stories about how tapes, audio, evidence, and reports have disappeared for important events. We all know how somewhere out there there is a tape of a 10-15 at Mayor Marty's house. And that there are photos somewhere of Margaret Chavez De Aragon (or whatever her name is) showing injuries of having been beating up. Of course these items have never seen the light of day and are probably buried deeper than the Arc from Indiana Jones.
Now over the last few months I've seen that all my fears are coming true about hidden evidence and missing reports. we have bullets and casings "accidentally" being released to officers falsely accused of murder, we have video of 34s acting stupid that Schultz does everything he can to keep hidden, evidence in the warehouse gets contaminated and destroyed by neglect and last weekend we have Schultz and Banks, our Segway Soldiers, "forgetting" to turn on their cameras. Or did they? Now we have officer Grover's report showing up. Of course the department will say it didn't exist or was mistakenly filed. But I'm pretty sure I know what Lieutenant officer Grover spoke with, and while he is no longer with us, I can say that if that is what he thought happened with Mary Han, than I would take that to my grave. That Lieutenant was one of the best cops in APD. He was as solid as Corvino and Guillmette. And anybody who worked with, for, or around him know this is true. May he rest in peace.
When I took this oath to wear the badge I still wear, it meant something more than APD and more than the city of Albuquerque. It was to God, Country, and the Constitution.
If anybody knows/knew Grover, you know that he fought (and from what I hear continues to fight) for cops in trouble and being unfairly treated by IA or their supervisors. And I know he rep'd several sergeants also. I also know that officer Grover is far from perfect, but to be a cop, nobody is. APD is in shambles and with so many experienced people leaving as soon as they can it is not going to get better. This soft style academic academy they are doing is going to get cops hurt and cause more shootings because the cops coming out of this academy will not know how to deal with stress. They will panic and when people panic they go to the biggest stick they have....their gun.
... but many, for we are legion."