ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Police supervisors have recommended that the officer who fatally shot a 19-year-old woman be fired, according to the officer’s attorney.
Albuquerque police Officer Jeremy Dear is facing termination, said Thomas Grover, Dear’s attorney. The recommendation is the result of an internal affairs investigation into several issues surrounding Dear, including his history of lapel camera policy violations.
Dear was placed on administrative assignment after he shot Mary Hawkes in April near Zuni SE and Wyoming. Dear’s camera wasn’t recording when he shot Hawkes, and a review of whether he didn’t turn it on, or whether the camera malfunctioned was inconclusive, according to a report from Taser International, the company that made Dear’s camera. APD officials have said Dear told them he turned on the camera.
According to police accounts, Dear has said that Hawkes, a suspected car thief, was armed with a handgun and pointed it at him during a foot chase. Footage from lapel cameras of other officers who responded after the shooting showed a gun on the ground next to Hawkes’ body.