Last Friday APD’s interim chief Allen Banks was supposed to hold a press conference regarding the week’s “recent events” and the awarding of coffee cups to various officers involved in the 10/26/13 attack on Albuquerque law enforcement officers. As we know, the press conference was postponed and pushed to Saturday because of “investigative” reasons.
Of course, on Friday, we all found out that Berry’s CAO, Rob Perry, gave himself a $33,000 raise. An amount that exceeds what an average New Mexican makes in a year! Your loveable Eye also posted an open memo to the DOJ requesting that they move forward with a preliminary report regarding their investigation into APD. Our Eyes also told us, not all the officers selected to attend the conference were going to attend. As we know, when Banks, Berry, Perry, etc are hit with any significant scrutiny they fold like wet towels.
Given that the Saturday conference really didn’t do much but distort an already distorted incident, and given Banks’ inability to sound professional during any public speaking occasion and no concern about looking professional, it’s all too obvious that the conference was moved to a day and time where few would be watching it or the stories reporting it.
So instead we got Banks fumbling around with a PowerPoint presentation, misidentifying guns, misrepresenting the facts of what occurred on the 26th, and generally representing APD in the worst possible way. No pride in his appearance (we find this truly ironic given how Will Roseman makes such a big issue over people’s appearances. Especially when he is known to have taken pictures of other female officers in their civilian clothing). No command presence. No understanding of the issues facing the city and the department. No answering hard questions. No taking ownership of issues. And a constant avoidance of responsibility.
Notice Mr. Banks only included pictures of weapons recovered from Chase? Notice he did not play any of the dispatch recording. Notice he did not reveal elements of the dispatch report. Banks made the following conclusions that simply defy belief:
-It was the caller’s error which sent officers into the scene of a masked armed gunman waiting in public to shoot them.
-It was the media’s fault for not understanding by broadcasting to the public what was happening, even more people could have been endangered.
-It was not the public’s concern as to why the offender was allowed to run around Albuquerque’s North Valley for at least 11.5 miles over a period of 16 minutes.
Banks closed the conference with the following statement, “I want to make sure my officers have the best tools possible to perform their jobs safely.”
Well Mr. Banks, among those tools is respect. Respect by the department that employs them. By the leaders who appreciate their work and sacrifices by honoring contracts when it is not convenient to them. By empowering a department that has cascaded to 2/3 its size four years ago by acknowledging it has failed its personnel and the citizens.
But no, instead we have more hiding and misrepresentation. More personnel abuses. More ineptitude.
So, thanks to our continued Eyes, what happened on 10/26/12 is starting to unfold very clearly…as a pic of the above CAD reveals, there is much to discuss…especially given that once again Mr. Banks lied to the public about what happened.
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