BERRY PERPETUATES FALSE CLAIMS AND LIES DURING AND AFTER KOB-4 DEBATE
ALBUQUERQUE, NM — After the debate, RJ Berry and his out of town spin team threw out and published claims in response to his loss during this morning's KOB debate. The stunning "Berry Facts" (lies) include:
Here are the facts:
CLAIM: Crime is up in Albuquerque.
BERRY's "FACT": During Mayor Berry’s time in office, APD cracked down on property crimes and double the number of property crime arrests. Last year our city had 650 less auto thefts than the year before he took office. Furthermore, Albuquerque has seen the lowest FBI crime rates in the past 20 years. While violent crime has gone up all across the country, it has gone down in Albuquerque.
THE TRUTH: The FBI's own crime rate has been climbing since Berry took office. The FBI's own crime data shows that: Violent Crime is up 1.69%, Murder is up 7.89%, Robbery is up 9.42%, Property Crime is up 6.23%, Burglary is up 4.72%, Theft is up 11.93%. And while true, auto theft and arson are both down, this is a reflection of a decrease in the reports taken, not actual incidents. Remember, these numbers are based on actual reports taken. in fact, Berry's answer confirms the claim, if there were twice the number of property crime arrests, then there obviously an increase in property crime offenses.
CLAIM: Response times are down.
BERRY'S "FACT": According to city data, response times have actually decreased for Priority One calls that involve threats to life, shootings, stabbings, armed robberies and car jackings.
THE TRUTH: Temporary Chief Allen Banks openly confirmed that response times are up because of city policy. They have also increased out of design to help "cool officers down" as they respond to P1 calls.
CLAIM: Pete Dinelli says he had nothing to do with a civil rights lawsuit that cost the city $1.7 million.
BERRY'S "FACT": The Safe City Strike Force, which Pete Dinelli oversaw, was so out of control that it cost the city a $1.7 million civil rights lawsuit.
THE TRUTH: Just this year alone, under the Berry administration the city lost a civil rights lawsuit and was order to pay over $10 Million due to the unlawful shooting of Ken Ellis, III. Over $55 Million has been paid by the Berry Administration because of APD misconduct cases and more are coming not to mention breach of contract suits with the city's very own employees.
CLAIM: Our Middle-Class is hurting.
BERRY'S "FACT": Pete Dinelli hurt the Middle-Class while he served on the City Council when he voted to raise taxes on food, gas and prescription drugs.
THE TRUTH: The middle class is shrinking while the working poor have grown in numbers and the wealthiest 5% have more. From his Holy Cross educated out of state campaign manger to the hiring of an out of state temp service to find an out of state chief, Berry sends precious domestic money out of state to out of state interests. His very own actions both personally and publicly are not consistent with his statements of being a good steward of our economy.
CLAIM: Mayor Berry used Sanctuary City as a wedge issue.
BERRY'S 'FACT': 84% of Albuquerque residents supported Berry's position on Sanctuary City, according to the Albuquerque Journal poll.
THE TRUTH: Berry's own position confirms it. He used the Sanctuary City and the mobile billboard as a device to "scare" people into thinking illegal aliens were overtaking out city. To this day, ICE rarely is even at the PTC.
CLAIM: APD is in a complete meltdown.
BERRY'S "FACT": Mayor Berry has enacted tough reforms during his time in office, helping turn around the department that Pete Dinelli oversaw. During Pete Dinelli's time in charge of the Albuquerque Police Department, he cost the city $1.7 million in a civil rights lawsuit.
THE TRUTH: APD is at staffing levels as low as they were almost two decades ago in the 1990's, is being investigated by the DOJ, has seen it's most experienced officers leave as soon as they can or resign and take positions elsewhere, morale is at rock bottom, and he is being sued by the very officers he "supports." With regards to lawsuits, again, $55 Million dollars and growing....
CLAIM: Mayor Berry will not enforce the minimum wage.
BERRY'S "FACT": KOB, the station that hosted today's debate, found the claim to be so outrageous that it called the attack "a pretty far stretch from reality."
THE TRUTH: Berry continues to evade answering hard questions. As a city ordinance, Berry has a duty and obligation to enforce it when a citizen is harmed by it.
THE SIMPLE TRUTH IS:
RJ BERRY DOES NOT ANSWER HARD QUESTIONS BECAUSE HE'S AFRAID TO.
IF HE CAN'T ANSWER A SIMPLE QUESTION ABOUT OBAMACARE, IT'S VERY CLEAR WHY WE'RE IN THE MESS WE ARE IN NOW.
HE CANNOT CONFRONT OR INTELLIGENTLY ADDRESS DIFFICULT ISSUES.