Over the weekend our Eyes alerted us to news that once confirmed is almost too hard to believe even with Berry administration’s history of persistent denial of problems in APD in particular and the city in general.
Our Eyes tell us that at last week’s Chief’s Staff meeting, Schultz instructed his deputy chiefs and all of his commanders and supervisors to identify what issues officers have with the department. While we’re sure Schultz and his executive staff presented this in all of the best intentions and “transparency,” we know from his history of vindictiveness and passive aggression this is nothing but an effort to chill the honest expression of information by officers to DOJ. Why would Schultz want to know what officers have to say to DOJ? Our Eyes tell us Schultz intends to talk to officers and find out. We wonder what if officers choose NOT to tell him or his minions what they’ve said to DOJ? Will they be subject to discipline? Will they be ordered to disclose what they’ve said or want to say?
We all know that if an officer were to assert specific instances of gross misconduct and its cover-up by department leaders that officer would suddenly find themselves the target of retaliation or internal investigation. Performance Improvement Plans (PIPs) or removal of otherwise earned privileges are just the start of Schultz’s methods of intimidating officers. He’ll go so far as to create offenses and shop for prosecution of officers. Just last year we saw to what lengths Schulz would go when he fired Officers Doyle and Woolever for their apprehension for armed violent fleeing felon Nicolas Blume simply to appear tough to the DOJ. It seems they don’t buy his efforts either.
Our Eyes also tell us that confirmed perjurer Allen Banks is now in charge of all media inquiries regarding DOJ’s investigation of APD. We wonder how “forthcoming” Banks will be in his answers to the media. We wonder if he will be held to the same standard he holds officers to if there are ANY discrepancies between his statements to the media and those to DOJ. In fact, we’d be surprised if Banks says anything at all as he has been “tremendously”silent since he was caught lying under oath earlier this year.
Several years ago, Schultz stated in a formal interview to one of our Eyes that because of the evidence scandal in the early 2000’s “we were this close (index finger to thumb) to being subject to a consent decree.” Back then, DOJ was not even on the scene. Clearly from Schultz’s statement he had no idea what is involved with a federal consent decree. We are sure that he very much does now thanks to HIS own personal failures leading APD into the situation it is now in.
Albuquerque and New Mexico reached new low water marks this past month with their failures in economic and educational progress. Now the state’s largest police department is being subject to an extensive internal review the likes of which have never been seen.
In the context of all this, our Eyes now tell us in true Schultzian fashion he wants to know what his officers are saying to DOJ and he and his staff will be going around to talk to the officers personally. We’re sure he’s talking about how “we all need to band together” and is creating an environment of APD vs. DOJ.
We’ve seen this game before Mr. Schultz and Mr. Berry…..it’s called OMERTA.