While Governor Martinez, AG King, interim-Chief Banks, Mayor Berry, and DA Brandenburg, all weigh in how the recent murder of a 9-year old boy affect them and their office, let's be real clear about the things they've all said in the past few days:
Governor Martinez, when you built your very own campaign on your prosecution of the "Baby Briana" case, leave hundreds of state jobs vacant, continue to underfund state agencies like CYFD, and because of your own miserable leadership, New Mexico is recognized as being the WORST in the country for the well-being of children, we are simply not interested in whatever you have to say on the matter. And for you, and your snakes, to attack AG King like you have is hypocritcal at best; but let's be real....it's McClesky style politic. Disgusting beyond words.
AG King, you talk a big game but is this going to be yet another press conference? Your office stunned the city last summer with your findings of APD/City of Albuquerque's gross, reckless, and malicious actions at the Mary Han death scene, but since then city leaders have pushed back and said they were cleared by the FBI and have not been held accountable. If you're in, you're in. Act like it.
interim-Chief Banks, our expectations of you are low. And no, this is not because of your self asserted race. It's because you have a history of disgrace and failure. And once again, instead of owning an issue, you hide. Since when do APD investigations get turned over to the DA for further investigation? We're not even going to bother with criticism because you obviously don't get it or simply don't care. To hide and avoid hard questions about this mess when it involves the murder of a 9-year old? They teach that at your church? Disgusting.
Mayor Berry, hello? Anybody home on the 11th floor? You do realize that once again the city is at the center of ANOTHER disgusting controversy. Nevermind, you won't acknowledge it. Even if a red thong landed on your desk, you don't see the obvious. See our comment regarding Banks regarding our advice. Ditto for you.
DA Brandeburg, we are surprised by your pushback against APD. We actually applaud your aggressive stance on this. Could this new boldness be a reflections of the fact that Schultz is no longer running APD or maybe you're realizing what a mess it is. We hold criticism on you for now in this matter, but we like what we've heard so far. (Don't worry we don't kiss and tell anyway.)
Here's a little hint for our media friends as they go over the APD report as written by APD officer Jennifer Jara.
-She wouldn't have sent the report to the DA's office, she would've had Crimes Against Children Unit detectives come out.
-At the time of the report, the sergeant of the CACU unit was Greg Weber, you should remember him because at the same time he was the president of the APOA.
-Heather Hindi de Chavez was also, and our Eyes tell us still is, a detective in the CACU unit at the time of this police report.
-Jara states she's taken numerous child abuse calls and "in my experience with situations of this kind, I have never encountered parents and CYFD together..." Despite this vast experience, and seeing evidence of major physical harm, inconsistent statements (when is there not in child abuse cases), a lack of congruity between the stories explained by the victim, the offender, and the physical harm, her own admission that the parties were together, we are now to believe she couldn't order a hold per SOP and state statute? APD's own Procedural Orders 2-33 hold:
Pursuant to New Mexico Statute 32A-3B-3, an officer may take a child into protective custody when the officer had reasonable grounds to believe the child is:
1. Suffering from illness or injury
2. Has been abandoned3. Is in danger from it's surroundings and removal from those
surroundings is necessary.
Nevermind all the requirements that an officer SHALL notify CACU and that they SHALL notify their supervisor, none of this happened for this poor young boy. Jara had an FI come out and take some pictures and then filed the report. And then the boy went home with a felony offender.
Policing at its worst. Police leadership at its worst. City leadership at its worst. And so it goes....