The Civilian Police Oversight Agency serves a vital function as the Albuquerque Police Department moves to comply with a Department of Justice agreement designed to ensure constitutional policing by APD. So it’s no surprise the minimum qualifications listed on the city website include “a demonstrated ability to engage in mature, impartial decision making.”
Board member Chelsea Van Deventer’s recent Twitter posts in which she profanely demonstrates hostility toward police officers disqualifies her on both counts. She re-tweeted, among other items, an analysis on the federal “Blue Lives Matter Bill” that includes a penalty of up to 10 years for assaulting a police officer and adds “F—THIS.”
Hardly mature or impartial.
The Albuquerque Police Officers Association sent a letter to the oversight agency board last month, calling on Van Deventer to resign because the tweets demonstrate she cannot fulfill her duty to be impartial as required by the CPOA ordinance. “This is about her open bias against the profession of policing and the fact that she is involved in voting for disciplinary infractions that concern Albuquerque police officers,” said Shaun Willoughby, APOA president.