Eden told USA Today that some APD officers don't deserve to wear the badge. Does this include command staff? Does this include Major Gonterman? On what standard is Eden talking about? Maybe he's just talking about fat officers? Or ones who can't shoot?
Eden's comments to USA Today should be entitled, Why I Will Fail, by Gordon Eden. He places all blame on the police union. This is wrong. He is vacating his authority. Changes starts at the top with his command staff. Eden says officers sue and win their jobs back. Who has done that? We can only think of Rusell Perea in recent memory. Maybe if the department didn't illegally fire officers they wouldn't have to sue to get what was taken from them.
Want to change the SWAT no camera on mentality? All Eden has to do is give the Swat DCOP / Commander a day off the next time no video is recorded. This would change the culture overnight and save us $50,000
Cultural change at APD starts at the top, not the bottom. Berry never held Schultz accountable, it continues with Eden. Blaming the union is deflection. Take accountability and responsibility that is what Eden and Berry must do, but they are incapable of that. In the recent history of the department's most notorious cases there's not only been NO accountability but there's been rewards (think about promotions after the Han incident, the Ellis shooting, the Boyd shooting...)
Berry and Eden seem incapable of holding their appointees accountable. They point fingers and blame others (union) and they do nothing more. At least Marty fired Gil Gallegos, now that is holding people.
And what about the District Attorney? USA? NM AG? Aren’t they suppose to be the check and balance when the city and police command staff refuses to police themselves? Where's the DOJ?