ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Twenty Albuquerque police officers involved in shootings in 2010 and 2011 received payments from the police union of either $300 or $500, the Journal has learned.
(Read Friday afternoon’s update: “Mayor, APD Chief Call For Halt To Shooter Payouts”)
A written statement from Albuquerque Police Officers Association President Joey Sigala and Vice President Felipe Garcia said the payments are to cover some expenses for officers who have been involved in “critical incidents” and their families “to find a place to have some privacy and time to decompress outside the Albuquerque area.”
“We do not determine where they go or for how long, we simply give them some means of obtaining this critical time to gather their thoughts and emotions after a stressful incident,” the statement said.
|Read the full APOA statement (or look below)|
Top city officials said they had been unaware of the practice and didn’t want to comment until they talked to union officials; the father of one man shot by a police officer blasted the practice as “bounty.”