One of the biggest issues that citizens and officers have with Mayor Berry and Chief Eden is the inability for them to provide clear precise answers to simple questions. TO JUST TELL THE TRUTH.
This was clearly demonstrated by the response Chief Eden (June 11 2014 at Hotel Albuquerque Economic Forum) gave to a local businessman who asked about use of force. Chief Eden responded that it would take hours to explain because there are pages upon pages on policy.
Why can’t Eden answer the question? Since he arrived four months ago Eden has had one debacle after another. First it was the “justified” comment regarding the Boyd shooting. Then it was the “I don’t know” press conference. Then it was the “gag” order prohibiting APD officers from speaking to the DoJ. Then the “I don’t know who makes APD lapel cameras”. Now it is just silence,,,,, if Eden doesn’t like the question he just doesn’t respond.
So your friends at the Eye are going to help the local businessman out. Credit to Joe Monahan for pointing out that all Eden needed to do was hand the businessman the Use of Force Chart. So here is the Use of Force chart that APD, and the New Mexico State Academy, teach to cadets. It is very clear and easy to understand.
There are two other items your Eye would like to point out. First, Eden was the Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. That means he was in charge of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy as well as the NM State Police. That means Eden should know and have approved the Use of Force Chart we are providing. Hit the "EASY" button, this is all the businessman was asking for. Troubling that Eden either didn’t know or couldn’t explain Use of Force. Second, Mayor Berry gave Eden a $20,000 pay raise above what Ray Schultz was making, on the day Eden was hired! Eden makes around $160,000 per year. For this type of money we all expect Eden to know what he is doing on the first day. His continues to embarrass himself and the city with missteps every week. Clearly he is in over his head. And no Gordon, I am not going to notify you or your Assistant Chief, Deputy Chiefs, Majors, Area Commanders of my meetings with the DOJ.
Berry caused this mess by keeping Ray Schultz back in 2009. Berry continues marching APD and Albuquerque down the road to hell by keeping Eden, a chief who is clearly out of his league and ability.