One of our Eyes sent us the two still photos that are at the bottom of this story. We are told that the photos were taken from KOB TV Channel 4’s original video from May 5, 2011 (view it here). An APD officer shot and killed an Albuquerque man who police thought was armed. The investigation later showed that the man shot was armed with a black spoon. Banks was at the scene talking to Chief Schultz.
APD’s Chief of Police Ray Schultz tells Deputy Chief Allen Banks something; Banks breaks out into laughter at whatever Jester Shultz said. Banks then put his hand over his face in what appears to be embarrassment. When a citizen dies at the hand of police, rather it is justified or not; it is not dignified to laugh. We are sure the Gomez family found absolutely no humor in this undignified act.
The Eye was told KOB Channel 4 edited the laughter out of the video. If you view the video; watch between 2:15 and 2:20, the video shows Schultz and Banks standing in the street next to a police car. The still photos show the comedy show that was edited out by KOB Channel 4.
To add insult to injury, one of our Eyes told us that while a family member of the victim was being held in a police car, “Chief Schultz had a donut party…Laughing…” This is disgraceful and hideous.
Ray Schultz wants to stay as Chief and Allen Banks wants to stay as Deputy Chief or even Chief some day, really? Try respecting the citizens of Albuquerque and show respect for the dead; you have both dishonored and disgraced the badge.
Do we have a real Mayor in Albuquerque? A Mayor who takes care of business and does not hide? We already had a lousy Mayor who was invisible; we do not need another Saavedra. The biggest shame of all falls on Berry for his lousy decisions; all those he selected for top City positions.
The Eye means no disrespect and apologizes to the family for having to bring this story to light; however, the citizens of Albuquerque need to be educated as to what their “leaders” are doing.
The Piercing Truth
This is right from the dictionary and seems to describe Albuquerque, Berry and Schultz. Fascism (f ash ,izem) noun An authoritarian right wing system of government and/or social organization. (in general use) extreme right wing, authoritarian, chauvinistic and/or intolerant views or practices. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one group over another, national, ethnic, especially social strata or monetarily; a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach. Compliments of one of our Eyes