Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Detective in Shooting Not on Streets
By Astrid Galvan
Journal Staff Writer
The Albuquerque police officer who listed his occupation on Facebook as "human waste disposal" and who shot and killed a man suspected of raising his gun at him is no longer patrolling the streets, according to APD.
Detective Trey Economidy III was placed on administrative duty — meaning he is not doing active police work — on Tuesday, but department officials did not say where he was placed or why the action was taken.
Economidy, a gang unit officer who has been with APD for about seven years, fatally shot Jacob Mitschelen during a traffic stop Feb. 9 after Mitschelen allegedly raised his gun at him, police said. Economidy was placed on standard three-day leave but was back on duty before being placed on administrative duty.
Within days, the media reported Econimidy had listed his job as "human waste disposal" on his personal Facebook page. The description was taken down after the shooting.
Police Chief Ray Schultz said he was "disgusted" by the posting. Last week, he launched a department-wide internal investigation into any inappropriate content on social networking sites.
Discipline could range from a reprimand to termination "if it is determined that something more serious happened," he said.
APD is crafting a new social media policy, Schultz said. APD has already sent out a "department special order" to all officers cautioning them that "speech, on or off duty, made pursuant to their official duties is not protected under the First Amendment and may be the basis for discipline if deemed detrimental to the department."
Officers are required to sign a document stating they have read the memo and a Journal editorial on the social media controversy by today.