Update: Thanks to the generous help of Bernalillo county Commissioners Maggie Stebbins and Wayne Johnson, FOP leader Bob Martinez, retired APD officers Al Ludi and Dan Klein, and state representative Paul Pacheco it looks like Houston and Eden are going to have the memorial later this month details coming soon!!
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Over at least the last decade, APD and BCSO held a joint ceremony on Civic Plaza on the first Tuesday in May in commemoration of officers and deputies who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their community. In 2013 it was held on May 7, in 2012 on May 8, in 2011 on May 10 and so on.
This year the event WAS planned on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. But it didn't happen. The FOP was ready for it as the above calendar shows. But Berry, APD brass, and others failed the families of those officers. This is an outrage and cannot go without accountability. In recognition of those officers and deputies the Eye lists those fallen heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the citizens of Albuquerque:
Call City Council (768-3100), Mayor Berry (768-3000) and the County Commission (468-7000)
and ask that they instruct APD to reschedule this event for later this month.