Albuquerque police on Wednesday confirmed that lapel camera technicians were unable to retrieve video from the officer who shot 19-year-old Mary Hawkes last month after a foot chase, but they did release new videos taken after her shooting death.
Police still would not say whether the lapel camera of officer Jeremy Dear, who shot Hawkes three times, malfunctioned or if he failed to turn it on.
The officer, who has a history of not capturing encounters on video in which he used force, is on desk duty while an Internal Affairs investigation is underway.
The other lapel videos Albuquerque police did release do not show the actual shooting, but instead show officers stringing police tape, setting up a perimeter and investigating the scene of Hawkes’ death. They also provided a still image that shows what they said was a gun near her body and a still from a carwash surveillance video that shows her running near the scene.
However, in other lapel camera videos APD released that depict the same spot, which is a few feet southwest of her head, the gun cannot be seen. An APD spokeswoman said officers moved the gun into the dirt nearby “for officer safety” after the still was captured.
Dear shot and killed Hawkes in what police described as an auto theft followed by a foot chase in the early morning hours of April 21 near Zuni and Wyoming SE. Police said Hawkes pointed a gun at the pursuing officer, and APD Chief Gorden Eden said a .32 caliber semiautomatic pistol was found near Hawkes’ body.