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No video of deadly July shooting by APD officer

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Lapel camera footage released Tuesday of the incident where 33-year-old Jeremy Robertson was shot and killed by police in July does not show the shooting, or exactly what prompted the shooting.

No lapel footage of the shooting exists, Albuquerque Police Department spokeswoman Janet Blair said Tuesday night.

“At the time of this incident we were investigating to see if any of the other officers who responded to the scene had on body video of the actual shooting but that was not the case,” Blair said in an e-mailed statement.

Robertson was shot and killed after a foot chase near Central and Eubank on July 22, and police say he had a gun. They told him to drop it during the chase. Police have not said if Robertson pointed the gun or fired at officers.

He was wanted on multiple parole violations, and had been shot at by police in January.

Police said officers Ramon Ornelas and Anthony Sedler fired the fatal shots.

Between the two of them, the two officers have shot and killed four people since 2010.

Sedler and Ornelas are both on the SWAT team, and Deputy Chief William Roseman said the reason Sedler and Ornelas have been involved in so many shootings is because being on the SWAT team puts them in dangerous situations more often than other officers.

The lapel footage released Tuesday from Sedler’s and Ornelas’ cameras appears to start after the shooting. Footage from other detectives shows other officers pointing their guns at Robertson after he was shot, putting him in handcuffs and emergency medical technicians responding.

Sedler and Ornelas each fired twice at Robertson.

It’s not the first time police have failed to produce lapel footage of a deadly shooting.

No footage was recovered from the officer, identified as Jeremy Dear, who police say shot and killed 19-year-old Mary Hawkes in April. A report from the camera’s manufacturer was inconclusive about why, saying the camera could have malfunctioned or the officer could have turned it off.

The Department of Justice in April issued a scathing report, saying APD violated citizens’ constitutional rights through its use of force. The federal department applauded APD for using lapel cameras, but said the policy is inconsistently used and is not enforced strictly enough.

The report also said tactical units such as the SWAT team lack the leadership necessary to prevent deadly force.