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
Feb 4, 2013
Over the last month it seems the city has launched a full scale effort to promote a kinder gentler image of APD officers. In recent weeks we've seen press releases (yes they get forwarded to the Eye) and stories in the media profiling seemingly unique and uncommon efforts by APD officers. We've heard stories concerning an officer who covered the bus fair for a man wanting to be with his sick daughter in Colorado, a roadside hug given by an officer to a young boy, and most recently the city's mayor gave a "Hero of the week" award to two officers who drew crime maps and tracked their stats over a given area.
We at the Eye applaud any and all officers who take ownership of their job and embrace the very nature of what it means to be a police officer: to do what's right regardless of who is looking. Police officers have duties that go beyond fighting crime and include emergency response and community caretaking responsibilities. And virtually all officers would simply like to be thanked and left alone to do their job.
However given the sudden momentum in the city's promotion of, let's be honest, daily events for officers, our advice to all officers in the city is be very careful that you are not being played. When the city focuses attention on a given officer for a given event we all know there are endless examples of other officers who have done the same but for whatever reason are abandoned by the city.
Or they simply do their job and do not draw attention to their valiant efforts.
The mayor and the chief's sincerity in recognizing such accomplishment is limited to the moment they are in front of the cameras as many of our Eyes and readers know from first hand experience. The expression "no good deed goes unpunished" is an unwritten rule that is taught to all cadets in what used to be a law enforcement police academy here in Albuquerque. Given the DOJ is now barely ankle deep in their investigation of APD, we expect even more soft feel good measures promoting non-law enforcement actions by officers. One has to questions, why now?