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Why is the Department of Justice investigating APD? How many layers of the onion's skin will they peel? Let's take a look at some layers that we've seen over the last week....
Here is one layer as reported by KRQE (Katie Kim and Jeff Proctor).
I urge everyone to read this article. It has a lot more information regarding Hammon, Padilla and Fisher and how Schultz worked to side step the law, even allowing Fisher to run her private company out of APD headquarters (apparently rent free). There is a genuine question as to whether or not Fisher is still working at APD in another loophole capacity. While the "legality" of this is unclear, we all know this doesn't pass any smell test.
KRQE reported that Ex Chief Ray Schultz spent the last few months of his career at APD trying to find a loophole in the states double dipping repeal law that would allow him to reward three female employees. Schultz knew that the spirit of this law was to end double dipping by government employees. Yet he worked to find a way around this law so these three government employees could double dip their salaries.
Is this what we expect from a Chief of Police? You don't like a law, you understand what it is supposed to prohibit, so you working day trying to find a loophole all at the expense of tax payer money. Really??
I am sure Schultz misses the good old days when Darren, Perry and Schultz would call a press conference and lecture the media on how professional they are and how misguided the media is. Here is why Ray misses those days, quoted from Rob Perry regarding Hammon, Padilla and Fisher, "The city wants to look at both the letter - and that's whether the law was complied with - and we think that it was in all of these cases - and the spirit of the law: what was intended to be avoided".
Let me translate Rob Perry's double cycle spin. He is saying that Schultz worked to find a loophole around the law. That Schultz knew bringing these three people back was wrong. That bus coming down Central Ave appears to be driven by Rob Perry and Ray Schultz is being tossed under it.
This blatant attempt to find loopholes and side step the spirit of the law should be of high concern for Albuquerque residents.
First, a chief of police is supposed to support the legal system, not find ways around laws you don't like. This is part of the problem at APD. Schultz apparently felt that some laws just didn't pertain to him or his favored ones, so he would work to find loopholes around them. This is not the leadership Albuquerque wants but from Schultz it came to be the leadership we expected.
Another question is why did Schultz feel so indebted to these three women that he would work so diligently to find a way for them to double dip? Seriously, while the patronage to these three? APD is supposed to be a police department. We'd expect to see cops who have spent and risked their lives getting special gigs not three civilians.
These three women also bear responsibility also as they were public servants. They know right from wrong and all they had to do was tell Schultz, "thanks but no thanks." It didn't happen.
Is this the current state of the Albuquerque Police Department? From the chief on down it is not about following the law and setting an example, but about how to game the system and get away with it.
The Albuquerque Journal is reporting that RedFlex, the company who managed red light cameras in Albuquerque, is being investigated by the FBI for the "bestowed gifts and bribes" in cities in New Mexico and other states. City Councilor Dan Lewis is calling for the City Inspector General and other auditors to investigate.
Hmmmmmmmmmm who brought Red Flex to Albuquerque to begin with? Look below for your answer:
Albuquerque Journal, Colleen Heild, December 18, 2007.
The red light program operated by the Scottsdale-based company (Red Flex) was the brainchild of Mayor Martin Chávez and Police Chief Ray Schultz......
Is this another layer of the onion being peeled? We won't know until an investigation into Red Flex and Albuquerque is approved and completed. Lewis is on the right track but he should remove the investigation from the City Inspector General and instead ask that the Department of Justice look into this also. Heck the DoJ are already here and the feds are already investigating Red Flex. Take this out of the city and put it into the hands of the Department of Justice.
Funny how we aren't even speaking about the onion layers that the DOJ stated they were going to look into. These two onion layers are all about corruption and losing faith in our appointed and elected leaders.
Congratulations for KRQE and the Journal in doing these reports. A free an unbiased media is the cornerstone of democracy. It seems you’re finding your way back.
Banks Retires and what does that peel expose?
Acting Chief Banks has announced he is retiring at the end of February 2014. While much is being made of this by the asleep at the wheel city council and the APOA president, his retirement really doesn't matter. People come and go; it is what we expect. APD is not about one man (did you hear that Ray???). But there are three glaring issues citizens of Albuquerque should be concerned with:
1. The inability for R J Berry to make ANY hard decision. Berry knew since March 2013, when Schultz announced his retirement, that he needed to bring in a new chief. With the the DoJ investigation, leadership of the department is very important to getting APD back on track. Yet it is now almost one year later and still no chief for APD. Berry can't make a hard decision, no amount of his spin will change his failure.
2. The city council and APOA are crying about Banks leaving. Why? Banks is just one person. Why don't they show the same concern for the citizens coughing up $300,000 for the "human waste disposal killing". Where is the outrage over $8,000,000 settlement for the Ellis killing? What about Banks's involvement with the Mary Han death scene? The concern should be for the community and the department, not for one individual. This is where our city and union leadership fail us. They are more loyal to an individual than to their police department and community.
3. Banks will leave with a cashout of over $160,000! Schultz had a huge cashout in 2004 and then again in 2013. Many APD command staff and City Directors leave with huge amounts of unused sick and vacation. I must say these leaders at APD and City Hall are extraordinarily healthy. Their families are very healthy too. Because normally when a family member is ill people take off. This never seems to happen in the City of Albuquerque. Here is the dirty little secret that the media and city leaders ignore or miss. How many times have people come to work sick, only to be present for an hour, and then to disappear? The possibility that there is fraud and abuse going on within the cash out program is all too confirmed by facts. The time has come for a complete audit of Schultz and Banks and anyone else who cashes out over $50,000 from the city upon retirement. If it shows they used ZERO or little sick time during their career a red flag should go up. Maybe the command staff at APD and the Directors at City Hall need to have someone making sure they do show up for work everyday. Just because you are "on call" or "on my cell" doesn't mean you are working your shift. It appears Schultz and Banks were never sick. Their families were never sick. Really? An audit needs to be done. This is another layer of the onion that needs exposure.
So good luck to Banks, and God help Albuquerque as we are being lead by a mayor who cannot make a decision and a city council that has been asleep for years. The onion layers have exposed elected officials who are not doing their jobs.
By the way there is one final pressing question for Albuquerque citizens, Where is Richard Berry?
-----Anonymous APD sergeant