THE VILLAGE IDIOTIf you needed more proof Gorden Eden is is an idiot, with no knowledge to run a police department, to the point that it has made public safety in our city non existent, here it is.
Back in April this idiot stated, during a luncheon to the Greater Albuquerque Innkeepers,
“I know it sounds like I’m blaming it all on the judges,” he said about crime in the city, “because I am.” Gorden, this coward Mayor Berry, and Celina Espinosa have been blaming everyone, but themselves, for the problems of violence, and crime plaguing our city, and state.
Albuquerque Police Chief Eden and Mayor Berry have blamed judges for releasing, and or being soft on criminals. They have blamed judges, and the District attorney for releasing criminals onto our streets... BUT.... Now Eden comes out with an order telling officers to cite into court, and release criminals at street level after they commit certain misdemeanor crimes. Just what happened to Mayor Berry's property crime initiative! Hmmmmm. Doesn't seem to be such a priority now as they are just trying to get over the goal line in one piece. Eden does not even want to lock criminals up now! This means that these criminals, whom officers come into contact, with, who would otherwise be arrested, and removed from the streets for periods of time, making it safer for our citizens, will not be incarcerated. They can commit an infraction, be released after signing their ticket, then walk down the next block, and do it all over again. This, all because Eden wants to put a bandaid on a problem he, Ray Schultz, and this administration created, until the next administration comes in, and gets handed this train wreck. You can see the youtube video below, accompanied by the KRQE news article.
In Eden's memo to the troops, he tries to play the word game of stating that officers "shall" and "must" do certain things while ASSistant Chief Bob Huntsman tells the media that this new order does not take away from officer discretion in making arrests. This complete horse shit, and the epitome of a coward command staff AGAIN, placing everything, and all blame, and liability on the rank and file cop.
You see, when upper command wants to keep their hands clean, while using the troops to do it, they make the rules vague, and open to interpretation, as they are doing right here, so any problems that arise, may be attributed to those below them. You do not say officers have discretion, while saying certain things may not be a sole factor in arresting, when the decision to arrest, or not arrest is the officer's. This is just another cobbled way of avoiding accountability for an out of control crime rate, and redirecting attention away from the real problem of manpower issues at the cost of the safety of our citizens. This is just another way these frauds and cowards dodge their responsibilities as leaders, blame everyone else for the mess here and portray themselves as problem solvers to the problems they intentionally created.
The news will give you the stories, but we will continue to provide the reasons, and motives of why these things are being done.
ADDED: THE REQUESTED MEMO, AND LIST OF RELEVANT CHARGES