Much ado was made about a recent arrest during the opening day of the New Mexico State Fair. The following quotes are from stories and interviews regarding the arrest. Compare those quotes to the actual criminal complaint and we think things speak for themselves....
“Albuquerque's Top Cops Catch Drunk Driver who Sped Through State Fair Parade”
“Chief Ray Schultz's and Deputy Chief Allen Banks' Actions are Being Credited for Saving Lives”
“Police Chief Ray Schultz, who was helping with traffic control and security during the state fair parade, was the first one to get Gandara's attention and get him to stop.”
“He rolled down the window about an inch, an inch and a half and the chief immediately smelled alcohol, noticed the common signs of intoxication the slurred speech, blood shot and watery eyes...continued to maintain contact at which point the driver just rolled up the window and continued driving eastbound,” Sgt. Robert Gibbs said.
“The chief caught up with Gandara again at Central and Tennessee. That is where the chief smashed the driver-side window to help get gandara into custody.”
“The chief had a whistle in his mouth. With his left hand, (he was) trying to control the segway, and on his right hand, (he) was trying to open the door”
“He had no free hand to engage the camera, and there was a lot of dynamics involved. It was happening so fast and so quickly that there wasn’t enough time to afford him the opportunity to engage his camera. The same goes for the deputy chief as well,” Gibbs said.
And the grandaddy of all:
Editorial: Schultz Sets Example Of Policing APD Needs. And a city had a chance to see its police chief lead by example.
Our Eyes tell us, shockingly, there is no report documenting the use of force to breach the windshield, there is no report by any one of APD's 48 field investigators documenting the damage to the vehicle, there is no report showing the vehicle was towed, and lastly, there are no reports by Chief Schultz or Deputy Chief Banks either. We wonder if Chief Schultz's assistant, Mayor Berry, saw the video yet? And this is an example of the policing this city needs?
We at the Eye want to thank all of the rank and file officers who do the real work of policing day and night, every day, without expecting such fanfare. To them....thank you.