As the U.S. Department of Justice investigation into the Albuquerque Police Department unfolds, Mayor Richard Berry and Chief Ray Schultz point out that they already have instituted more than 60 reforms on their own.
That’s good, because the shooting in November 2010 of a mentally disabled man by a police officer shows why those reforms were needed. In fact, the case of Russell Tenorio unfolds like an academy textbook of what not to do when called to a scene involving an inebriated, developmentally disabled man with a paring knife who has threatened himself.
♦ Don’t wait for the supervising sergeant to assess the situation. Instead, send four officers in with weapons drawn, shouting multiple commands, and expect to de-escalate what has been just a verbal situation.