At the quarterly Community Policing Councils’ “summit” Civilian Police Oversight Agency Director Ed Harness repeatedly criticized APD’s “Command Staff” as being obstructive and non-responsive. According to Harness, it is those high-ranking APD officials who are responsible for the lack of morale among APD officers.
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The Case Review Committee of the Albuquerque Civilian Police Oversight Board usually meets about a week before the Board’s monthly meetings to review cases. The Board had cancelled its December meeting, but held a Special Meeting after the City’s former official records custodian made serious and specific allegations of evidence tampering.
Here Oversight Board members meeting in a subcommittee discuss with Director, Ed Harness, the City Administration’s plan to finance an investigation into well-publicized allegations by former APD Records Custodian Reynaldo Chavez and attorney Tom Grover that lapel camera videos were altered or erased. Media attention focused on the shooting of Mary Hawkes by Officer Jeremy Dear.
Video by Charles Arasim. The Subcommittee met on Monday, in preparation for the Board meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, January 12 at 5 p.m.
And today the ABQ Free Press reports that City Councilor and Mayoral candidate Dan Lewis has asked the Attorney General to release the investigation reports indicating former Police Chief Ray Schultz’s involvement with Taser and whether it constituted criminal misconduct.