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APD Protects a Culture Out of Control

How can this continue? An Albuquerque Police officer kicked a suspect 13 times in the head while another officer held him down. This week both officers were fired, but only after the initial investigation concluded they were cleared of any wrongdoing.

The most damning quote was from then-area commander Murray Conrad.

He said officer John Doyle was “completely justified” in kicking the fleeing suspect and the officer “saved his life by not shooting him” (Journal, Nov. 16). This statement indicates that the problems at the Albuquerque Police Department go all the way to the top.

Rather than condemning it, the high-ranking APD leaders are condoning police brutality. This is worse than a cover-up.

This quote indicates that Conrad believes the actions of the officers were good police work. How short-sighted and ignorant of these APD officers.

Our community is in jeopardy here. We are under siege by a police force overwrought with military-type training that is not conducive to an urban police force.

Police officers must be trained in how to deal with all people in our community.

On Nov. 17, when Mayor Richard Berry was asked about the video of the recent beating, he said he was concerned but did not see all of the footage. The video is less than one minute long. Why would he stop watching the video after only a few seconds when he has met with the U.S. Department of Justice to discuss a potential “pattern or practice” investigation of APD?

This incident is only the latest in APD’s rap sheet that includes 20 officer-involved shootings, 14 of those fatal; officers texting the Mayor’s Public Information Officer only minutes after killing a person; officers tipping off suspected drug dealers about a federal investigation; officers posting on social network websites that they were in the business of “human waste disposal”; officers bribing and pimping prostitutes for sex; officers raping women and children while on duty, and even an officer accused of covering up the murder of his wife to protect a stolen car ring.

It is time for a full investigation by the Department of Justice, and the Albuquerque Journal got it right in Friday’s editorial when it was stated: “The response here was unfortunate. If the Justice Department was undecided on whether to do a full-blown review of APD, this should resolve the question. Let’s get on with it.”

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