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Albuquerque Cops Investigated For Misconduct

November 30, 2012 by  

Albuquerque Cops Investigated For Misconduct

In the past two years, police officers in Albuquerque, N.M., were involved in a string of shootings and high-profile brutality cases that have prompted the Justice Department to investigate for signs of unConstitutional abuses of power.

Officers in the Albuquerque Police Department have been involved in 25 shootings, and 17 of them have been fatal. Incidents have also been reported, including some caught on video, of the officers using excessive force and beating suspects who were in custody or had already surrendered.

“We have concluded that a full Civil Rights investigation is warranted to determine whether APD engages in a pattern of practices of violations of the Constitution or federal law,” Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, told reporters this week. “In particular the investigation will focus on use of force by APD, including but not limited to deadly force.”

The Chief Ray Schultz told the Albuquerque Journal that he felt the investigation was unwarranted and that the department was making needed changes to its policies.

“Our officers are of the highest quality, and receive excellent training. However, we know that we are not always perfect and that there is always room for improvement,” Schultz said in a statement. “The Albuquerque Police Department has demonstrated our commitment to the city and to our citizens. We look forward to working with the [Justice Department] investigative team and its panel of experts and identifying any additional steps that we can take to improve our department and our community.”

The accusations against the police force in Albuquerque are not isolated to that city, however. There are increasing reports about police throughout the Nation abusing power or using excessive force as departments become increasingly militarized.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • phideaux

    While I applaud the investigation of possible misconduct by the Albuquerque officers where is the investigations of NY police and other big city police who have been accused of misconduct.

    • Daveh234

      Investigations are an ongoing process.
      When the report of investigations is made in the paer most of the information has been compiled. It then becomes public.
      They are going on everywhere because when “we” see things such as this abuse it gets the ball rolling.

      • phideaux

        you have to start an investigation for it to become ongoing. The investigations of those departments i mentioned have never started.

    • wandamurline

      Excuse me….the Justice Department is investigating cases of misconduct in Arizona….why aren’t they investigating the injustice and misconduct of Fast and Furious, or may the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation or even the lies and cover up from Benghazi. They should be investigating themselves as they continually do not do their job in Washington. The entire department needs to be completely revamped. I find it ludicruse that they would investigate someone else for misconduct.

      • Gary L

        Exactly right Wanda. They need to clean their own house before they try to clean anyone else’s! That means Washington D.C. as a whole.

      • THE G MAN

        this what you could say is nailing it right on the head



  • JEC

    The fox investigating the hen house!

    • Gary L

      Fox? How about weasle. LOL

  • Viet Nam Vet 67-68

    What a laugh, all of you are missing the comedy in this. Our IN-Justicew department of injustice is investigating cops when they are the Murderers of thousands of innocent Mexicans and 4 of our own Border Agents with the “FAST AND FURIOUS” selling of Automatic Weapons (that we Americans Cannot Own) to murdering Drug Cartel’s. This is truely a Ship of Fools and you voters out there are the biggest losers of all because this election was stolen by Massive Voter Fraud and you are saying Nothing. We the people no longer elect our officials and now have zero control of our Country!!!! We are now another Constitutional Republic gone, not one Democratic or Republic has lasted more than 250 years and we only lasted 236 years, we are now back to a King and his Corrupt Court Jesters. Thank you DemoRATS for a new Marxist Muslim King. RepubliRATS thanks for standing off to the side and helping destroy the Greatest Country in the World. Only an Armed Revolution will bring back America. Viet Nam Vet 67-68

    • JEC

      How True!!!!

      • THE G MAN

        true JEC .> the whole DC so called elite all need to be cleaned out from the Muzzie in OUR WHITE HOUSE ) HE THINKS IT’S HIS >> and his <Muzzies THAT SURROUND THIS TREASONOUS TRAITOR WHO NEED TO BE TOTALLY IMPEACHED RIGHT ON DOWN TO THE PEOPLE WHO WORK FOR HIM AND KISS HIS BUT )

      • TheOtherWhiteMeat

        I’m in! Let me know when we start!

        • THE G MAN

          WILL DO

  • cerebus23

    Investigate all abuses of power top down, we start at the white house work our way down. only fair thing to do.

    it is the culture the culture in washinghton, the culture in these police departments that go rogue. we need to change the culture.

  • Randy131

    The Albuquerque Police Department should know better than this, for only the Federal Government Law Enforcement Agencies are allowed to break our laws (Operation Fast & Furious, selling of guns to Mexican Drug Cartels, where two American Law Enforcement Officers and hundreds of Mexicans were killed with those guns) and refusal to enforce those laws that they don’t like (Immigration laws for arrest and for deportation, Defense Of Marriage Act {DOMA}, and intimidation at election polls {Philadelphia} by blacks on whites).


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