(Albuquerque City Councilor Pat) Davis takes numerous shots at the (Bernalillo County) sheriff’s leadership style in general, and his decision to defer any purchase of and the use of lapel cameras for his deputies specifically, in his op-ed Sept. 16.
The sheriff ‘s decision to defer spending of taxpayer money for the purchasing and issuing of, and training on the use of and storage of the digital images related to lapel cameras, is based on his conviction that the cost outweighs the benefit.
I appreciate the sheriff’s discernment when it comes to looking out for the taxpayers.
I am sure that Davis was issued recording devices as a street cop, a Capitol Police officer and UNM police lieutenant/spokesman to record the events he was involved in to corroborate his sworn verbal and written statements.
Audio recorders were and are still used by law enforcement officers as a foil to the pattern and practice of many defense attorneys to sully their credibility.
It is unfortunate, and by design, that police have been targeted, frozen, personalized and isolated from sympathy by activist groups, trial attorneys, most local media, and progressive politicians for their split-second reactions to counter the decisions of drug-induced and mentally ill individuals resisting their lawful orders.
I support Sheriff (Manuel) Gonzales (III)’s observation that critic(ism)s of his decision concerning lapel cameras will continue to reverberate though the defense bar cabal, through the local media, through activist groups, through the ACLU and through progressive office holders, until they are forced on his agency.
He is also correct that his critics will never be satiated until they have complete control over what and how laws will be enforced.
As police professionals continue to be smeared by individuals who have minimal or no experience enforcing the laws that keep our society from falling into complete anarchy, it is no surprise that real proactive policing is on the decline.
The Albuquerque Police Department, as a result of one of the many “bold actions” taken by City Council members like Pat Davis, have been “spayed and neutered” because of the invitation to the Department of Justice to implement forced compliance. The taxpayers are footing the bill for that perpetual oversight.
Davis should be more vocal against the deplorable decisions being made by the District Court judges as to the “catch and release'” of violent offenders back into his high-crime district than he has been with the elected sheriff.
Davis should welcome any and all law enforcement assistance to his crime-ridden district.
Davis should realize that no matter how many APD officers are hired, no matter how many criminals are arrested, that crime will not be reduced when the minimally accountable District Court judges just release them to re-offend.
It is not a secret that the defense bar, whose majority of members harbor a progressive ideology, control much of life in New Mexico – from their prominent presence in the state Legislature, through their present control of many of the elective executive positions in the state and federal realms, to their majority of the “black robes” on the judicial bench.
Could it be that Davis’ recent flurry of activities such as his proposed ordinance that infringes on our Second Amendment rights, his involvement in the promotion of the legalization of marijuana, his support of efforts by the city to resist ICE from enforcing federal immigration laws, and his lashing out at the twice-elected sheriff for managing his department with the safety of his deputies in mind, is (all about getting) a higher political position?