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
Feb 4, 2014
1 Hour, 44 Minutes
On June 22, 2013 APD Officer Gil Vigil and Scott McMurrough from the Northeast Area Command were dispatched to a priority-1 call involving an in-progress event where a child was in danger. The officers were relatively new to the department and worked for Sergeant Bruce Werley on a dayshift squad. The dispatch involved a 911 call to emergency at 1:24pm and the cell phone line was open where the dispatcher could hear and relay what was going on in the background.
The dispatcher diligently transcribed the horror she was hearing as two adults verbally and mentally abused a small boy. They taunted him. They mocked him. They cursed at him. They degenerated him. They hated him.
Because the call came in on a cell phone, the dispatcher's supervisor frantically worked to identify who the owner of the cell phone was to relay this information to the two officers dispatched to the call.
In the call the dispatcher relayed the information to the officers as it was an on-going event and she kept them updated and she updated the computerized dispatch with what she was hearing. When the officers arrived.......they did nothing.
As you know by now, this call was yet another plea for help by a young boy we know as Omaree. The dispatcher informed the on-duty sergeant of the call and he answered over the radio, "10-4" at 1:38pm. Officers Vigil and McMurrough logged their arrival at 4909 Commanche NE at 1:47pm.
And then they did nothing. They didn't say they made contact with anybody at the house. They didn't run anybody for warrants. They didn't inform their supervisor with an update. And their supervisor didn't ask.
When the dispatcher checked on them at 2:10pm, they said they were OK.
When the dispatcher checked on them again at 3:14pm, they again said they were OK.
Then the officers closed the call out at 3:31pm. They did not update the dispatcher with ANY information. They did not file ANY report about the incident. They never said if they contacted ANY body. They never updated anybody about the WELFARE of the child.
Now of course, because APD cannot police itself, they are being forced to with a story breaking tonight on KOAT. These two officers are now on leave our Eyes tell us. And we're sure we'll hear how Rob "33K" Perry will get to the bottom of this.
Spare us please. Because it is not the bottom of this that concerns us. Sure, there are about a dozen SOP violations Vigil, McMurrough, and Werley are in violation of and are probably facing significant discipline if not termination. But this coverup, and that what it is, goes all the way up to soon to be former Chief Allen Banks.
The murder of Omaree happened on his watch. And while this incident occurred under Schultz's watch, it is Banks who hid behind IPRA requests instead of doing the honorable and right thing. The tragic history of 4909 Commanche NE is well documented in APD's records and in the minds of the neighbors.
Why would Banks keep this information concealed one asks? Maybe that is a question best asked of the city manager of Round Rock, Texas. Mr. Norwood, if you knew that a prospective candidate for your police department omitted significant information regarding a high profile child murder, would you have hired him to lead your police force? If you knew a prospective candidate put his career first and in front of justice to determine how such failures led to the death of a small child, would you still hire him to lead your police force? If you would, then you get what you deserve.
For almost two hours, Officers Vigil and McMurrough "milked" a call and did nothing. And that is what Omaree's last impressions are of the people who are supposed to come ensure safety.
Nothing. Just like what we and the business community see from the city's mayor RJ Berry. Nothing.