It has been a few weeks since the 11% of Albuquerque voters put Mayor Berry back into office. Now comes the political “hang-over.” Berry stated crime is down and him and his wife, Maria, love walking around downtown Albuquerque because it is so safe. It is a good thing Berry and Maria weren’t out for their walk on Saturday when a masked armed terrorist stuck downtown Albuquerque; gunning down three APD Officers and one Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Deputy. And what did Berry and the New Interim Chief of Police, Allen Banks, say? Oh that’s right, Berry was out-of-town on a hunting trip and well, Banks was not present in the public.
Our Eyes tell us on Saturday, a masked armed terrorist wearing army type clothing told a spectator to call the police; that he (the terrorist) would be waiting. The responding officers were ambushed and found exactly what the call said; a masked armed man dressed in army fatigues. A gun battle ensued and the offender wounded several APD officers and fled in an APD marked police unit. It should be noted that our Eyes tell us the officers were not hit with any bullets but by secondary projectiles.
This terrorist raced through our streets unbeknownst to the public for over twenty minutes because APD did not notify the media of the peril or the media was ordered by Berry’s cronies NOT to let the public know ANYTHING. For those 11% who voted Berry back in; here is another snake to stuff in your pocket.
As this terrorist raced along our streets we are told he fired several bullets randomly until he spotted a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Deputy. The terrorist fired at the deputy and she was struck in the leg. The terrorist was forced to crash and his worthless existence was terminated some time later...
For over an hour nothing was told to the public. When information was known it was minimal and kept low key by your local media.
Here are our concerns:
Why were units allowed to arrive when the reports were pouring in about the terrorist who was armed with a high powered assault rifle? Why didn’t they wait till a K-9 officer or SWAT officer or an officer with a long rifle arrived and set up? When this offender went mobile the danger to all increased tremendously.
Why wasn’t the public immediately notified? Why the secrecy? Doesn’t the public deserve to know what is going on in our city?
Why wasn’t the EOC (Emergency Operations Center) immediately activated? This type of critical situation will have lingering effects and the need to receive and disseminate information from one central location is of paramount of concern. The EOC would have been able to multi-task on several different levels with multiple agencies, organizations and resources. That is what the EOC is for!
Why didn’t the Interim Chief appear or a high ranking official to give the public an up-date? Why was Banks “shell shocked” so badly? Why was Banks ordering the dispatch NOT to give out the condition of the officers over the air? This was critical information for supervisory staff to have in order to make the best decisions.
This all plays into a mediocrity type leadership. For a department the size of APD this means failure.
Sheriff Houston was hiding somewhere and for who knows what reason.
Oh yes, and we have heard about the conversation our Interim Chief Banks had with Raymondo Schultz. He wasn’t much help was he Allen?
The fact of the matter is this; Berry was re-elected and now the community must pressure this incompetent fool to hire competent personnel into key positions. We are stuck with Berry; make him work for the betterment of the City of Albuquerque. What happened to the 35k Perry spent on the California Company that was supposed to search for a new chief? This City is dying for competent leadership.
Now for the “political hang-over,” the 11% of idiots who voted Berry back into office need to reflect and realize their error. But as with any hang over; we are all stuck with feeling nauseated and dealing with the headache. And yes, we are stuck with this inept Mayor and his inept leadership he has set in place.
The press release Sunday from the City, APD and BSCO proves the lack of leadership. Banks, Berry and Houston stumbled on their own jaws as they spoke. The whole leaves us alone; don’t ask any questions; we are going slow boloney, proves none of them have any idea what happened or what is going on or what needs to be done…what a bunch of buffoons.
This article is not aimed at law enforcement, who is the victim of this attack, but the failed administration. Our hearts and prayers go out to all those involved. We pray for the victims and families of this senseless tragedy and ask for your prayers, as well.