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Does this sound familiar? This is right from the dictionary and seems to describe Albuquerque, Berry and Schultz. Fascism (f ash ,izem) noun An authoritarian right wing system of government and/or social organization. (in general use) extreme right wing, authoritarian, chauvinistic and/or intolerant views or practices. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one group over another, national, ethnic, especially social strata or monetarily; a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach. Compliments of one of our Eyes
May 4, 2012
Schultz has created a World of Problems
Since the commencement of 2012, Mayor Berry’s police department has had several challenging months. From failure to fiasco, hardly a week goes by without there being some new challenge compromising APD’s ability to operate. We thought we’d take a moment to review where things stand this year so far and note how one couldn’t plan the mismanagement of a police department more horribly even if you tried:
-Failing to anticipate celebration by bar goers on New Year’s Eve, the new year starts with shootings downtown and with APD personnel pleading for backup from other area commands over the air.
-Not learning from the New Year’s events, violence repeats itself downtown during the Fat Tuesday celebrations.
-The city continues to pay out multi-million dollar checks to plaintiffs whose harm is aggravated by administrator and command staff coverups.
-The annual patrol officer bid starts with as many people assigned to the field as there were almost twenty years ago despite the addition of two area commands and massive population growth.
-Despite stagnant staffing levels and reduced employee expenses, thanks to freezing wages and transferring healthcare costs to employees, APD’s budget soars to over $160,000,000.
-Chief Schultz maintains his national standing with the LA Times and New York Times with his inept management of APD and the statistically significant number of officer involved shootings.
-Fired employees Russell Perea and Mark Wilson are found to have had their employment terminated without cause and are ordered for full reinstatement by the city personal labor board.
-Fired employee Orlando Comacho wins his lawsuit against Chief Schultz and proves he was improperly terminated and denied due process.
-APOA continues to be under a cloud of, at best financial mismanagement, or at worst, criminal financial crimes.
-CAO Rob Perry, claims in the best of Orwellian fashion that the city is a victim and subject to a stacked deck by contract hearing officers. Because the city lost its appeals to the personnel board and to district court, the city in all its weakness simply fires the hearing officer.
-Deputy Chief Allen Banks is caught lying under oath while giving testimony in a labor hearing and thus contributes to the rehiring of a terminated employee.
-Lieutenant Dodi Comacho fails to provide relief for officers under fire during a nighttime shooting incident in order to keep the downtown bar owners happy.
-APD puts forward a promotion list that defies belief: Junior lieutenants Dodi Comacho, Kevin Rowe, and Joe Christman are to be promoted before other candidates that scored higher and have more relevant experience.
-Commander Steve Warfield will be promoted to Deputy Chief despite a conviction of a civil rights offense of excessive force which cost him punitive damages of $37,500 and attorneys fees (see ABQ Journal article from 12/10/09).
-APD Deputy Chief Allen Banks will become the chief of APD’s field services division despite the fact that he has no patrol experience, has demonstrated limited leadership ability, and seems to have no ethics.
-APOA leaders are the subject of an investigation by the NM State Police for financial crimes.
-APD officers are now required to wear bodycameras and must record all encounters with citizens all the time.
We really don’t know what to say except that we’re sure that if you asked Mayor Berry’s police chief, Raymond Schultz, he’d probably say he didn’t know anything about it. What concerns us, is that while all of these issues are driven by decisions made by poor management, it is the frontline officers and detectives who bear the brunt of these challenges. Their jobs have been made that much more difficult by the few people who clearly are not capable of running the state’s largest police department. Summer has not even started yet here in Albuquerque, and we know there is much more coming….Do the citizens of Albuquerque really have to wait before becoming victims of Mayor's Berry's police department as it reaches its tipping point?