Good Evening Eye,
My name is Orlando Camacho, the former APD officer that you did a
story on regarding the shell casing that was returned to me by APD
Evidence and also KRQE did a story on KRQE (Read it HERE). I am
writing to you tonight because after I saw the KRQE story about Deputy Chief
Feist, I found out by APD releasing the casing to me, they
violated procedures and regulations regarding the handling of evidence
and I filed a complaint with the Independent Review Office.
Today I received the attached letter from the IRO stating that due to
the fact I retrieved the evidence in April of 2012 and filed my
complaint in November 2012 it was past the 90 days of the incident and
their office has no jurisdiction to conduct a further investigation
in the matter and inactivated my complaint without further
investigation. Also, in my complaint, I stated Deputy Chief Feist
lied in the KRQE interview stating the shell casing was released
as a result of a court order and should also be investigated. I
never had an attorney file any kind of injunction with the courts to
have the city release my items. Nor, did I file any sort of paperwork
on my own behalf with the courts for my items to be released.
The way I see it, by Feist lying, he violated several operating procedures:
1-04-4 W. Personnel shall truthfully answer all questions
specifically directed to them, and narrowly related to the scope of
employment and operations of the department. (Truthfulness)
1-04-1G Conduct unbecoming an officer or employee shall include:
1. That which could bring the department into disrepute; or
2. That which impairs the operation or efficiency of the department.
1-04-1 F. Personnel shall conduct themselves both on and
off-duty in such a manner as to reflect most favorably on the
1-02-2 D. Use of discretion by sworn personnel
during the performance of their law enforcement
1. When sworn employees of this department are faced with a
situation where discretion can be exercised, they must evaluate the
circumstances, consider the available resources, and rely on their
training, department policies, department procedures, statutory law
and supervision in making the appropriate decision.
2. In addition, within each situation, the appropriate
decision should be the least restrictive that still accomplishes the
intent of the law, is in accordance with department policy, and does
not compromise officers' safety.
These same operating procedures when violated by other officers,
especially 1-04-4W Truthfulness, is an offense that usually results in
termination or the officer having to resign instead of being
terminated. I'm not here to sound like a cry baby, the reason I'm
contacting you is because this is another clear example of the current
APD administration picking and choosing who gets disciplined and who
does not and it needs to be brought to the public’s attention. Please
feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Thank you for your time and God Bless,
This statement by Hammer (below) clears the way for every single officer to get an investigation quashed rather they are right or wrong. Here you go Police Union. The City deserves what they get…
Here are a few questions; is there ANYONE on the 5th Floor of APD that doesn’t lie constantly? If a high ranking officer can boldly lie why isn't it okay for every officer to lie? We Think the answer to the first question is; there is not one. The answer to the second question is "NO!" Lying is a bad thing; a thing Feist should have been FIRED for period. Feist is suppose to be setting the correct example for the rank and file. It is time to vote in a Mayor who can and will do the job. Berry needs to start counting down the days till his departure.