UPDATE 4-25-14: KRQE reporters Matt Grubbs and Jeff Proctor will follow up on Tina Jensen's TaserGate story tonite. Our eyes tell us it includes some none-too-pleased city officials and their response to Schultz's little marketing trip to Australia and the slideshow he used featuring APD officer Leah Kelly-Akata.
(See it again here: http://www.slideshare.net/informaoz/ray-schultz)
UPDATE: Kudos to KRQE reporter Tina Jensen for her excellent story on Schultz and Taser. Now we see Perry and Levy are in the mix. Go to krqe.com to see her outstanding report. And also thanks to a reader, these little gadgets are $500/each.
As we all know by now, in the last few days of being the chief of the Albuquerque Police Department, then chief Raymond Schultz signed $1,900,000 deal with Taser International. In the deal, Schultz contracted the city and the department with a company who he then went to work for immediately following his retirement.
As we've seen since then, the Taser "AXON" Flex camera has proven to be a less than reliable product. In fact, it seems it has been a failure. And while the taxpayers, the city, and the very officers are left holding the bag, herr Schultz has been glob trotting around the pacific promoting the product. You know, "sharing their experiences...."
Well, some of our Eyes in APD have confirmed with pictures what we have been hearing for some time. That not only is the AXON product defective, but it is cheaply made. Below are some pictures of the $300 product after having been worn in the field for not even a few weeks.
Now we know there has been much talk about the recent shooting of Mary Hawkes by APD officer Dear (yes the same one that bailed Schultz out of his infamous drunk driver window smashing arrest at the 2012 State Fair...), but we find it curious APD's current chief Eden would send the device to Taser for a "forensic" examination. You see our Eyes are telling us, when Eden wont, that, oh dear, there is NO lapel camera video from the shooting of Mary Hawkes. And whether it was because Dear failed to press record (we can't imagine he would do that given he was on a perimeter post), failed to report defective gear, or the department failed to replace defective gear, we know only to well how this mess will end.....much larger than how it started. And it started in TJ WILHAM supersize portions.....
We think it's time for public hearings for Schultz's activity with TASER....among other matters....
The Piercing Truth
This is right from the dictionary and seems to describe Albuquerque, Berry and Schultz. Fascism (f ash ,izem) noun An authoritarian right wing system of government and/or social organization. (in general use) extreme right wing, authoritarian, chauvinistic and/or intolerant views or practices. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one group over another, national, ethnic, especially social strata or monetarily; a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach. Compliments of one of our Eyes