Week after week, month after month, the editors of the state's largest and most influential paper criticize, comment, and defame officers and non-management personnel who frequently are vindicated from the uninformed attacks. A case in point is the paper's most recent editorial where they address the "steroid" problem facing APD. This investigation is barely off the ground, the details hardly known (if they exist at all), and appear to be as bizarre as the case against APD Officer Burge who is accused of kicking in the apartment door of a fellow officer and stealing a flat screen plasma TV from the apartment. But the paper unloads as if its a given that there is widespread steroid use amongst officers in APD.
Yet the paper's uninformed bias continues and reinforces the notion that poor Ray Schultz has his hands full and just trying to clean up his department of a few bad cops. But the reality is, Schultz has been in charge of APD since 2005, and much of whom the department was staffed with since then are....gone. APD is but a shadow of the department it was yet the paper continues to hold Schultz blameless for the mess APD is in now. APD is a mirror of Ray Schultz based on his creation, choices and selections. A mirrored mess so large, the US Department of Justice is doing the most thorough investigation it possibly can of the wreck APD has become under Schultz. The Journal however is quick to blame and attack rank and file officers, is glaringly obvious in its lack of criticism of the very people who have brought this problem upon the citizens of Albuquerque: Schultz, Berry, and Perry.
While red states, blue states, red cities, and blue cities surround us show positive economic and employment growth since Berry's election, Albuquerque remains stagnant; a literal black hole in the desert. Few new jobs, declining revenues, stagnant home sales, virtually no new construction, and downgraded municipal bond rates. But the Journal under editor Kent Walz's leadership and decisions continues to grant exceptions to the very people it should be holding accountable--City and Department leaders. It seems tonight's statements by Schultz on KKOB-4 (watch it HERE) about the Albuquerque Police Officer Association's survey will be more of the same: the officers just don't get it and the data is skewed. In other words: I know I'm chief, but it's not me, it's the other guy.
Well, here's some data for you Mr. Schultz. Below is a list of every editorial published by the Albuquerque Journal since Berry was elected mayor. While so many officers have left, and so many "new" policies have been implemented (at least on paper, we all know there's nothing really new), and so many unqualified people have been placed into positions of leadership, the problems in APD have only gotten worse.
Yet despite all this turnover and change in APD, one thing has remained constant: Raymond Schultz has been APD's chief of police.
|Schultz Returns Shine to All APD Badges||10/21/2009|
|APD Brass Shares Blame||1/17/2010|
|APD Shouldn’t be "The Young and the Restless"||2/5/2010|
|Facebook Posts Put All APD Conduct in Doubt||2/17/2011|
|City, APD Break Down a Blue Wall of Silence||6/2/2011|
|Time For Change in APD Culture, Practice||6/13/2011|
|Stakes Just Got Higher in APD/White Inquiry||6/25/2011|
|All of APD Needs to Scrube This "Stain" Out||6/26/2011|
|DOJ Probe Could be Positive Step for APD||8/7/2011|
|APD Needs One Chief, Schultz Right for Job||9/2/2011|
|APD Security Overkill Raining on Parades||9/15/2011|
|APD Officer Deserves Community Thanks||10/20/2011|
|Cost of APD Rogue Cop? Close to Priceless||10/24/2011|
|Felon Freed Because APD Didn't Disclose||11/4/2011|
|Mayor Missed Chance to Step up on APD||11/18/2011|
|APD Protects a Culture Out of Control||11/23/2011|
|Make APD's Oversight Commission Effective||12/10/2011|
|APD's Efforts Pay Off in a Safer Community||1/2/2012|
|Current Process Won't Rebuild Trust in Police||4/24/2012|
|APD's Learning Curve On Use of Force is Steep||4/24/2012|
|APD Changes Should Make Us All Safer||5/9/2012|
|Friends Have No Place in Ex-cop Investigation||5/25/2012|
|Keep Troubling APD Lawsuit Out in Open||6/12/2012|
|Video Shows Challenge for APD Training Boss||6/23/2012|
|Another Suit Reveals Deep Problems in APD||6/27/2012|
|Electing Chief Would Hurt Department||6/28/2012|
|Kicking Case Reveals Need for Better Intel||8/9/2012|
|Fix APD the Right Way||8/9/2012|
|Schultz Moves to Stop Game of Pass Bad Cop||8/31/2012|
|Schultz Gives APD an A for Reforms||9/12/2012|
|Weigh APD Grade with DOJ Resolution||9/17/2012|
|Schultz Sets Example of Policing APD Needs||9/18/2012|
|APD Doesn’t Need Cops Who Sext Minors||10/2/2012|
|APD Should Build Its Force the Right Way||10/10/2012|
|Consider Chiefs Action With Survey||11/17/2012|
|3 Months of Paid APD Leave Enough Already||11/21/2012|
|APD Must Fire Bad Cops||11/27/2012|
|DOJ Probe Could Make a Better APD||12/1/2012|
|Steroid Use in APD Raises Concerns||12/27/2012|
It's a never ending cycle of blame the cops but hold the chief blameless. Despite the fact that the largest and most grotesque scandals have occurred under Ray Schultz--there's no comment about that by Walz. Despite the fact Schultz personally caused millions of dollars in judgements--there's no comment. Despite the fact Schultz own officers are turning on him--there's no comment. Berry recently said he could care less about what the rank and file feel about him. We find that humorous because looking at the list of editorials, it seems all they care about is the rank and file...
If APD's devastation were to be converted to a mathematical equation it would be very simplistic to solve. The "constant" in this situation is Ray Schultz throughout the time frame that APD has been decimated. Ray Schultz is the main problem; not the rank and file officers who are doing the job.