"With no acknowledgment or thanks to self-serving purposeful actions and omissions by the APOA, Mr. Schultz generated near hysteria as he paraded the video (and misrepresented) Mr. Doyle and Mr. Woolever’s efforts as they subdued an armed fleeing felon without using deadly force February 2011. He terminated them later that year in November. This, not by coincidence, occurred during a time when the United States Department of Justice was conducting a preliminary investigation into Mr. Schultz and his police department for patterns and practices of unconstitutional use of force.
“I thought the APOA and their lawyer Fred Mowrer were there to defend us and all the other officers. Finding out, and realizing, they were just using Rob and I to help Schultz keep his job and to keep feathering their own nest with union money was one of the most cowardly, disgusting, and dishonorable acts I’ve seen in my twenty plus years as a street cop” remarked former APD officer John Doyle. “I truly feel that this lawsuit is only the beginning of what needs to be done to clean up the APOA. This incident needs a full-blown criminal investigation.”
Despite all of Mr. Schultz’s efforts to use Mr. Doyle and Mr. Woolever as scapegoats to avoid a formal Department of Justice investigation, the DOJ still came in upon APD because of the broad and deep failures of Mr. Schultz himself. Noticeably absent from the April 10, 2014, Department of Justice findings letter was the incident involving Mr. Doyle and Mr. Woolver."
As we've reported here at the Eye for many years things in the APOA have been a little too loose with officers money and too cozy with administration. In response to the lawsuit, APOA president Lopez said in today's Albuquerque Journal that she didn't know if the Doyle or Woolever ever asked the APOA for assistance in their case.
Look folks, this is a slam dunk for Doyle and Woollever and we wish them the best possible outcome in their case against the APOA. Since when does a sitting police chief go around promoting the criminal prosecution of his officers and a police union sit quiet about it? And given that virtually every APOA president since Lawrence Torres has had their hand in the union's bank account while Schultz has had them on a leash...we'd say this is a long time coming.