Recently, APD's Chief Raymond Schultz was deposed in a case that ultimately cost the taxpayers over $1 Million in legal costs and damage awards to the plaintiffs. Among the more interesting comments Chief Schultz said in the deposition (and trust us....MORE is coming) is how APD has so many internal mechanisms in place to keep officer misconduct to a minimum. He seems to endorse the allegation that officers cover for officer involved misconduct and he has ways to address that issue.
Given the events that have transpired in APD since RJ Berry became Mayor, we thought these comments were a bit bizarre.
With a spike in shootings which only reflects intentional indifference to officer's use of force actions, with officers getting arrested on high profile charges on a monthly basis and thus displaying total lack of supervisory awareness, with department scandals involving management misconduct and open defiance of court orders (and criminal actions at worst), a failed recruiting program (17 new officers in two years), a commander/deputy chief promotional system built on discrimination, and open age discrimination policies still in effect, we at the Eye just have to point out the obvious: These so called systems are working very poorly. If at all.
We also are suspect of Schultz's true motivations. Given that he openly concedes officers cover each others misconduct, is his tenure as chief not subject to the same criticism given how he continually hides and conceals his own and other large scale incidents of misconduct? Read for yourself...
14 Q How do you, as Chief of Police for APD, try to
15 prevent your officers from covering for each other when
16 somebody commits misconduct?
17 A One is by having multiple checks and balances
18 in place within the organization, having, one, the
19 ability for officers to report other officers, utilizing
20 physical evidence to corroborate exactly what had
21 occurred during an individual incident, such as all
22 incidents involving use of force require the person to
23 be photographed, as well as the officer to be
25 The use of belt tapes, the use of force forms,
1 the use of pursuit review forms, the use of an early
2 warning system, the ability for the public, as well as
3 officers, to go outside of the department to the office
4 of -- the Independent Review Office and have their case
5 investigated that way. And, of course, the legal
We here at the Eye joke and make fun of Berry and Schultz because their misbehavior is very blatant and they don't care which is truly sad. All Joking aside; you as a voting citizen have a choice as to how your City will be run and by whom. We hope you make the best decision for the betterment of Albuquerque.