Over a week ago Chief Schultz proposed a change to the Law Enforcement Academy by-laws that levies additional measures of punishment against an officer's certification. This week it seems that those additional measures are now showing their effect in ways the Eye anticipated and expressed concerns about.
Well over a year ago then Sergeant Dennis Barela was demoted from his position and returned to the rank of Patrolman 1st Class. Officer Barela was also sanctioned with a week of unpaid leave but that punishment was held in abeyance (that is delayed pending no other disciplinary issues). Now the LEA board has moved to suspend Officer Barela's certification for four months. If Officer Barela's certification, that is his license, is invalid because of this suspension he can no longer do any police duties.
Our Eyes tell us when channel 13 reporters went to ask Chief Schultz about this not only did he refuse comment but he walked off in a heated and angry manner. But he also muttered something rude under his breath as well our Eyes tell us.
Look, if an officer/sergeant/lieutenant/commander/deputy chief/chief is found to have committed misconduct they deserve to be disciplined up to and including termination. However, once disciplined; the issue is over. Here, thanks to his disrespect and misunderstanding of the US Constitution, Chief Schultz and the LEA Board have opened a Pandora's Box of problems. How is it that Officer Barela now face an additional four months of punishment when he in fact has already been punished?!?!
Our Eyes tell us there are many many more active duty APD officers that are facing similar consequences of double discipline by the LEA Board's actions. But we suppose that is ok, as when a citizen needs help they can expect only the best like Commander Rowe to arrive on scene and placate their police needs with "excellence and love" and song and dance.
Check out the story on KRQE's site (here).
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