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updates: 05/31/2017; 05/30/2017; 05/29/2017;  05/28/2017; 05/27/2017; 05/26/2017; 05/25/2017; 05/24/2017; 05/22/2017 LOCATIONS/POLICE Although most of the police names listed here are of aberrant or criminalistic cops, some are reformers or are listed to provide other information. A ALAMAGORDO Ramsdale, Rick. (2009) Alamogordo.  Narcotics agent. Caught by other police officers.  Excerpt Abq Journal, By Staff, 03/24/2009) Alamogordo police officer arrested on trafficking charges after release from hospital Saturday.  A 46-year-old undercover narcotics officer with the Alamogordo Department of Public Safety was arrested Saturday on charges of drug trafficking after New Mexico State Police searched his home and found 1.3 pounds of cocaine, the Alamogordo Daily News reported.  https://www.abqjournal.com/16634/650am-undercover-narcotics-cop-caught-with-coke-at-home.html ALBUQUERQUE Ahrensfield, Brad. (1990s+) Albuquerque. There are a strange number of cases associated with this man which need to be double-checked. (see more info under Police Abuses NM - Names) Alvarado, Vicente. Albuquerque.  (2007) Lawsuit against KOB TV by police officers for invasion of privacy during alleged and dropped sex abuse charges while acting as undercover agents.  Their charges against KOB TV were dropped.   https://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/06/06-2001.pdf Apodaca, Paul. (1989, etc.) Albuquerque.  In connection with Kaitlyn Arquette case (1989) as well as other issues. kaitarquette.arquettes.com/ Avila, Greg. (1981)  Albuquerque. undercover officer in connection with other officer Hearn, suspect Frank Minott and others, attacking women, cat, high alcohol level.  Excerpt from Real Crimes.  Also seen on Kait Arquette9/81: APD undercover officers, John Hearn and Greg Avila, were working a suspected vehicle theft ring when they got into a shootout with one of the suspects, Frank Minott. Babcock, Todd. (05/25/1997) Albuquerque. Officer. April Miller death connection. Excerpt from Real Crimes: (Albq. PD): APD Officer Todd Babcock, who knew April from a recent encounter, had identified April at the scene. http://www.realcrimes.com/Corruption_Overview.htm Baca, Sam.  (05/10/1987) Albuquerque.  Police Chief.  Excerpt  from Real Crimes:  ”Baca, former candidate for mayor of Albuquerque, disclosed that during his campaign Albuquerque Police Chief Sam Baca had offered to show him a secret intelligence file on his opponent, Ken Schultz.  (Chief Baca denied that.)  Jim Baca said he refused to accept the file.  He said there was a need for exposure of rampant politics within the Albuquerque Police Department and that APD Chief Sam Baca was a victim of that “incestuous” system.” http://www.realcrimes.com/Corruption_Overview.htm Benard, Tom. (04/23/2000) Albuquerque. Excessive force - beating handcuffed suspect (wrong person) with metal baton.  Excerpt from Real Crimes: APD Officer Tom Benard committed “aggravated battery with a deadly weapon” by beating a handcuffed homicide suspect with a metal baton.  (It was later confirmed that the suspect was the wrong person.)  The suspect sustained head injuries.  A police belt tape recorded Benard telling a colleague, “I popped him one good in the head for you.” An Internal Affairs Investigation found sufficient evidence to support allegations of excessive force. http://www.realcrimes.com/Corruption_Overview.htm  Brachle, Greg.  Albuquerque.  Police Lieutenant. Shot Detective Grant on job.  Excerpt from ABQ Free Press : The Albuquerque police lieutenant who shot a fellow officer during an undercover drug bust had a history of reckless and dangerous behavior, according to new documents filed in the lawsuit against the city, the lieutenant and APD over the shooting. …Brachle pumped at least eight hollow point copper jacketed .45 caliber rounds into his subordinate, Det. Jacob Grant, according to the documents….Grant suffered massive internal injuries and has endured multiple surgeries since the shooting and has not worked since.”  Other police names associated with this case:  Sgt. Glen Stout, Holly Garcia (undercover detective)….Brachle has been a security guard in Colorado. Abq Free Press, VOL III Issue 1, 01/13/2016 An APD Undercover Horror Story, By Dennis Domrzalski p. 10 Brown, C.J.  (04/12/2011) Albuquerque.  Detective involved in killing Christopher Torres.  Excerpt from The New Yorker (02/02/2015: Brown had already been rejected by the Albuquerque Police Department, in 1995, because he had bad credit, which was seen as a sign of recklessness. (see more in NM Police Abuses - Corrupt Police and Reformers - Names) Burt, Darryl. (1990s) Albuquerque.  Excerpt From Real Crimes: - Albq. Journal “(04/07/1991):  Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputy, Darryl Burt, recently named senior officer in the BCSO Gang Unit, was accused of forcing a 24-yr-old, male, Mexican national to submit to forced sex acts in a BCSO vehicle and threatening the victim with a gun.”… “ Candelaria, Lawrence. (04/25/1998) Albuquerque. Narcotics (heroin) conspiracy to traffic.  Excerpt from Real Crimes: 4/25/98 Lawrence Candelaria, Identification Tech at APD, (processes fingerprints and takes mug shots), was charged with intent to distribute narcotics.  Earlier in the year, Candelaria compromised an arrest warrant when he warned the target, his brother Leonard, that police were about to search his home. When a second warrant was served, police found heroin packaged for distribution.  Lawrence Candelaria was arrested for conspiracy to traffic in heroin; Leonard Candelaria was booked for possession of heroin. (From Real Crimes) Chase, Christopher. (12/2004) Albuquerque. From Real Crimes:   “Dec. 2004: A teenage male was awarded $17,000 for his claim that APD Officer Christopher Chase beat him with a flashlight in September 2002.” http://www.realcrimes.com/Corruption_Overview.htm Chavez, Levi. Albuquerque.  Former Albuquerque Police Department (APD) officer Levi.  Cutting Edge News Chavez, Timothy. Albuquerque. https://www.abqjournal.com/news/metro/589002metro08-25-07.htm Conley, Bill. (1986) Albuquerque. Police Lt., associated with Linda Daniels murder case.  AP News Archive Costales, Sam. (2009) Albuquerque. Retired officer. Describes police abuses in Albuquerque. Won lawsuit against APD.  Youtube. (Also see section Victim Incidents/Cases)  Currell, Duane. (06/20/2003) Albuquerque. Officer.  Excerpt From Real Crimes: “6/20/03: Albq. Journal: APD Officer Duane Currell was indicted on charges he coerced a woman into exposing herself and then grabbed her during a traffic stop.” Real Crimes: http://www.realcrimes.com/Corruption_Overview.htm  Davis, Robert Earl. (1970s and beyond) Albuquerque.   From Real Crimes: “07/04/1987: Convicted APD Officer Robert Earl Davis and four other men escaped from Santa Fe Prison. Davis later stated that Corrections Officer Lt. David Owens smuggled in a gun to help with the escape.” 06/19/1992: Former APD Officer Robert Davis assisted murderer, Thomas Wayne Crump, to escape from Torrance County Jail. Crump used a car owned by Davis’s wife, in exchange for a promise that Crump would kill Davis’s enemies on the outside.” Real Crimes: http://www.realcrimes.com/Corruption_Overview.htm  Dear,  Jeremy.  Albuquerque.  In connection with Mary Hawkes case. Disney, Michael. (1990s): Albuquerque. Deputy (BCSO)  Selling drugs.  Excerpt From Real Crimes: “Former BCSO Deputies Darryl Burt, (once an undercover narcotics agent) and Michael Disney were taken into federal custody as the result of drug raids in their homes, after being videotaped selling drugs in a parking lot across from Eldorado High School.  Both men were working at The Wild Side, Disney’s drug paraphernalia shop.  At the time of the raid at Burt’s house, Burt and a 17-yr-old male took off through the bedroom window, both wearing only boxer shorts.  A loaded 45-caliber handgun, a Fix-A-Flat can filled with cocaine, and a BCSO badge and credentials were among the items found in Burt’s garage.  Both Burt and Disney later pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute.  The men were described as partners in a heavily armed El Paso-to-Albuquerque drug trafficking operation.  Burt was sentenced to 2 years and 9 months on a cocaine distribution conviction in US District Court.” …“04/03/1999: Albuquerque Journal: Former Sheriff’s Deputy, Michael Lee Disney, appeared before a US Magistrate on charges that he threatened DEA Agent Mike Marshall because of Marshall’s testimony against him.” Real Crimes: http://www.realcrimes.com/Corruption_Overview.htm  Doty, Richard. - Albuquerque.  See also Estrada, Joseph. STATE of New Mexico, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Joseph ESTRADA, Defendant-Appellant.  No. 20,829.    Decided: April 03, 2001 http://caselaw.findlaw.com/nm-court-of-appeals/1364342.html Economidy, Byron “Trey.” (2014) Albuquerque.  Detective. Excerpt from Washington Post. By Radley Balko (04/14/2014): In January, the city settled with the family of Jacob Mitschelen, who was shot and killed by Det. Byron “Trey” Economidy after a traffic stop. The shooting was found justified, even though Economidy had improperly used his personal gun in the shooting. Economidy was later suspended for four days for listing his occupation on Facebook as “human waste disposal.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2014/04/14/albuquerques-long-history-of-police-abuse-cover-up-and- scandal/?utm_term=.94b75e07579d Estrada, Joseph. Abuquerque area - Bernalillo County.  (1997)  Excerpt From Real Crimes: “1997 Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Deputy Joseph Estrada was convicted of embezzlement for taking more than $730 worth of shirts from Dillard’s Department Store where he was moonlighting as a security officer.” Real Crimes: http://www.realcrimes.com/Corruption_Overview.htm  http://caselaw.findlaw.com/nm-court-of-appeals/1364342.html Fay, Damon.  (1986) - Albuquerque.  A police detective associated with Linda Daniels Abduction, murder case 01/12-13/1986 KRQE Finley, Scott. (06/25/1998) Albuquerque. Domestic Violence (wife Katherine) Excerpt from Real Crimes: Katherine Teupell was awarded a $235,000 settlement for claims against the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department and the Albuquerque Police Department for their use of a “We don’t do blue” policy in dealing with an officer accused of beating his wife. Teupell alleged police extended “professional courtesy” to her husband, Scott Finley, a member of the Sheriff Department’s elite Crime Suppression Unit. Teupell testified she fled from her home with her children, 6 and 2, still in pajamas, on the night of Oct. 18, 1993, after Finley beat her. Teupell said that when she threatened to call police, Finley responded, “Go ahead and call. How can you break the law when you are the law?"  Although the APD officer who responded to the call confiscated Finley's police revolver, other officers who took over at the scene returned it. Real Crimes: http://www.realcrimes.com/Corruption_Overview.htm  Flores, Steve.  (2007) Albuquerque.  Lawsuit against KOB TV. https://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/06/06-2001.pdf Gallagher, Ray. Albuquerque.  From Real Crimes: “Sheriff Gallagher admitted to having destroyed evidence in the case against Deputy Burt” Real Crimes: http://www.realcrimes.com/Corruption_Overview.htm  Gallegos, Gilbert (Gil) (07/11/2003) Albuquerque.  Police Chief. Appointed 2001 by Mayor Chavez, replacing a reformer, returning things to corruption. Messing with commission findings, letting guilty officers off. Excerpt from Real Crimes:  7/11/03 Albq. Journal: The Police Oversight Commission discovers that APD Chief Gil Gallegos overstepped his authority by arbitrarily reversing the commission’s findings in two police-shooting cases, exonerating the officers and classifying the shootings as justified.  Gallegos said in commission documents that the case files were his and he could change the findings at any time. http://www.realcrimes.com/Corruption_Overview.htm https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2014/04/14/albuquerques-long-history-of-police-abuse-cover-up-and- scandal/?utm_term=.94b75e07579d Gallegos John B. Police Lt. (1995, etc.) Albuquerque. Supervisor APD Internal Affairs Unit.  Burglarizing. Excerpt from Real Crimes: “supervisor of the APD Internal Affairs Unit, was caught burglarizing a liquor store while on duty” from Real Crimes (06/2/1995):  Albuquerque Journal: APD LT. FACES PROBE: Lt. John B. Gallegos, 14-yr veteran of APD and supervisor of Internal Affairs division, faced criminal investigation for burglarizing a liquor store in May, 1995.  He was on duty at the time of the burglary.  from Real Crimes   (09/20/1995:) APD Lt. John B. Gallegos, supervisor of APD Internal Affairs Division, was indicted on counts of commercial burglary, evidence tampering and larceny.  APD said Gallegos was no longer with the department but refused to say if he was fired or resigned”  Real Crimes: http://www.realcrimes.com/Corruption_Overview.htm  Gallegos, Toby. (1980s-1990s) Albuquerque. Officer.  Excessive force, tampering with evidence, larceny.  Overturned law case. Excerpt from Real Crimes: APD Officer 1993: Albuquerque Journal: APD Officer Toby Gallegos was fired by Police Chief Bob Stover for hitting a car- chase suspect in the back of the head with his nightstick. Gallegos said he didn’t remember doing that, and the firing was rescinded in favor of a 60-day suspension from Excerpt from Real Crimes 06/02/1995: 1995: APD Officer Toby Gallegos was fired by Chief Joseph Polisar, who labeled him a “brutal cop” for hitting a suspect several times with his large metal flashlight and kicking him in the groin.  A city hearing officer ruled the firing justified, but it was later overturned.  Gallegos returned to work and collected $35,627 back wages from his termination date to his reinstatement date.” Real Crimes: http://www.realcrimes.com/Corruption_Overview.htm  Galvin, Jerry. (1990s) Albuquerque. Police Chief. Reformer.  Mayor Chavez fired him, restoring “business as usual” in Alb. police corruption.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2014/04/14/albuquerques-long-history-of-police-abuse-cover-up- and-scandal/?utm_term=.94b75e07579d Garcia, Esther. (2006) Albuquerque.  False Arrest.  Victim Renae Harbin.  $100,000 settlement.  https://www.abqjournal.com/news/metro/471444metro06-26-06.htm Garcia, Holly. (2016) Albuquerque.  Detective.  Undercover detective in association with Lt. Greg Brachle and Jacob Grant shooting/injury case.  (Abq Free Press 01/13/2016) Hansen, Whitey (1981) Albuquerque.  Police Chief. 1981, see Greg Avila, Excerpt From Real Crimes: “told the press (in regard to the actions of the two officers), “When you’re in Rome, you do as the Romans do.” He said there are no guidelines or rules for undercover officers” Real Crimes: http://www.realcrimes.com/Corruption_Overview.htm  http://www.freeabq.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/ABQ-Free-Press-April-23-2014.pdf (04/23/2014 - APD Aggression Spans Decades) Ielacqua, Paul: Albuquerque. Describes some problems police have. KUNM. Jasler, Natalie. (06/22/2003) Albuquerque. From Real Crimes:  6/22/03: Bernalillo County deputies were called to the home of police-watchdog activist Gilbert Elizondo and his wife after the death of his wife’s mother, who died of natural causes.  Sgt. Natalie Jasler tried to prevent Mrs. Elizondo from viewing her mother's body, and when Elizondo stepped in to block a blow by Jasler to his wife, Jazler slapped and kicked the couple.  Elizondo was then arrested on a charge of aggravated assault on a peace officer.  Jasler kneed Elizondo in the groin several times while he was handcuffed and other deputies held him. Jasler’s charges against Elizondo were later dropped  http://www.realcrimes.com/Corruption_Overview.htm LeHocky, Andrew: (1990s) Albuquerque. There are a strange number of cases associated with this man which need to be double-checked.   From Real Crimes: APD Officer “sicced his 80-pound attack dog on a homeless woman who was asleep at the time.  This was the same Andrew LeHocky who had just been named “Officer of the Month.”  (01/29/1992:) “APD Officer Andrew Lehocky was sued for violating the civil rights of Kenneth Wayne Tortolita. Although no further information regarding this case is available, the case was settled for an undisclosed sum of money on 09/10/1992. “ …05/13/1992: APD Officer Andrew Lehocky was sued when his police dog attacked Sheldon Waddles, a peaceful demonstrator at a rally (and the son of a local fire chief). The lawsuit was settled for an undisclosed sum of money…”03/27/1996: APD Officer Andrew Lehocky was sued for allowing or ordering an attack dog to bite and maul Isaac Ortiz. As with the two previous suits, this lawsuit was settled for an undisclosed sum of money.”… “02/26/1999: APD Officer Andrew Lehocky released his police dog, Bart, on an unarmed teenager, Moriah Smith, who was hiding in a school yard after a boy she met at a party fired a gun and frightened her. Bart was supposedly sent in to locate Moriah and “guard and bark” to let Officers know where she was hiding. Instead, Bart ran into the schoolyard, located Moriah and immediately attacked her. Bart never bothered—or was ordered not—to bark. The attack left Moriah with four deep wounds that required three surgeries and a skin graft. Lehocky stated his supervisor, Sgt. Tom Garduno, told him, "Good job. I'm glad nobody died." A federal jury subsequently found Lehocky liable for the Moriah Smith attack. Lehocky was ordered to pay the $50,000 necessary to partially remove scars. Lehocky contended that Moriah must be a “bad” girl because his dog, Bart, would only bite “bad” people. Real Crimes: http://www.realcrimes.com/Corruption_Overview.htm  Maes, Tomas. (10/31/2003) Albuquerque. Shot, possibly poisoned puppy. Excerpt from Real Crimes: “10/31/03: Albq. Journal: NM State Police Officer Tomas Maes, shot a neighbor child’s Golden Retriever puppy in the face with a 45-caliber handgun, because it wandered into his yard after the neighbor, Vanessa Salizar, 12, accidentally left a gate open. Officer Maes explained he was concerned about the safety of his son who was playing next door at his parents' home. The State Police exonerated Maes of any wrongdoing. The dog survived the shooting but a few days later was poisoned.” Real Crimes: http://www.realcrimes.com/Corruption_Overview.htm Marshall, Mike. (04/3/1999) Albuquerque. Excerpt from Real Crimes: Albuquerque Journal: Former Sheriff’s Deputy, Michael Lee Disney, appeared before a US Magistrate on charges that he threatened DEA Agent Mike Marshall because of Marshall’s testimony against him. Real Crimes: http://www.realcrimes.com/Corruption_Overview.htm.  From Border Land Beat: In 2003, Christesen worked for the Region II Drug Task Force when officials caught a former deputy named Mike Marshall dealing drugs Border Land Beat (2011):  http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2011/05/cartel-violence-cash-infiltrating-us.html  McAllister, Bruce. (07/21/1995) Albuquerque. Possible set-up.  Excerpt from Real Crimes: “07/21/1995-Albuquerque Journal: CITY TO PAY FIRED COP $450,000, BUT WON’T SAY WHY-- A legal settlement by the City of Albuquerque awarded Bruce McAllister, fired APD narcotics detective accused of robbing drug dealers and raping a prostitute, $450,000.00.  McAllister said he was set up.” Real Crimes: http://www.realcrimes.com/Corruption_Overview.htm  Mcclaskey, Skylar. (2015) Albuquerque. Child abuse.  Excerpt from KOAT. By Megan Cruz. 02/16/2015: An Albuquerque Police Officer is on paid leave after he and his wife [Jodi] were arrested for child abuse Saturday. http://www.koat.com/article/apd-officer-accused-of- slapping-hitting-stepson/5062197 McCracken, Mark. (Melanie’s death 08/05/1995) Los Lunas - Death near there.  A New Mexico State Police sergeant suspected of murdering his wife, Melanie McCracken.   Behind the Blue Wall: There seem to be holes in the investigation.  Alb. Journal: A district judge has cleared retired State Police officer Mark McCracken of murder charges stemming from his wife Melanie's death in a 1995 car crash near Los Lunas.  Retired District Judge David Bonem of Clovis was critical of State Police for not involving an independent agency early on when investigating one of their own….McCracken was charged with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence by a Valencia County grand jury in 2003, but the charges were dismissed because an investigator for the prosecution was in the grand jury room during testimony. http://behindthebluewall.blogspot.com/2011/12/nm-remembering-state-police-sgts-wife.html https://www.abqjournal.com/news/metro/280895metro12-31-04.htm http://www.nbcnews.com/video/dateline/53066500 Real Crimes: http://www.realcrimes.com/Corruption_Overview.htm Merriman, Ronald. Albuquerque.  From Real Crimes:  In connection with Kait Arquette case (1989) and others.(see “Kaitlyn Arquette Case” and  “Benny Esquivel Case” and Lindsey Curtis case”…On Lindsey Curtis: “ (Albq. PD): Curtis was stabbed in the back in broad daylight.  He stumbled across the street to a 7-11 store and  collapsed on the floor.  APD Officer Ronald Merriman … was dispatched to the scene, as was the Fire Department.  The medics later testified that Officer Merriman refused to allow them to treat Curtis until he finished interrogating him.  Curtis bled to death at the scene.  Curtis was schizophrenic and used marijuana as a type of self- medication.  His father, Victor Lindsey, says APD shrugged off the murder as “just one drug addict killing another.”from Real Crimes Zapater, Blanca.  (2013) Albuquerque.  Officer.  In connection with Marlene Tapia case. The Blaze http://www.theblaze.com/news/2013/11/26/after-anal-probing-controversy-yet-another-lawsuit-in-new-mexico-alleges- shocking-police-abuse-tantamount-to-torture/ See also Victim Incidents/Cases B BELEN Barde, Daniel. (2011) Belen. State police officer. DWI, child abuse.  Excerpt from Abq Journal:  Daniel Barde, an ex-State Police officer accused of DWI and child abuse in July 2011, was sentenced to one year of supervised probation and community service after entering into a plea and disposition agreement on Jan. 28 in Valencia County District Court.Police said Barde, who was off-duty at the time, had bloodshot, watery eyes and smelled of alcohol when officers pulled him over on July 5, 2011, on Interstate 25, near Mile Marker 190 in Belen. Police said Barde, who had been stationed in Chama, performed poorly on field sobriety tests and shortly after, was booked into the Valencia County Adult Detention Center.https://www.abqjournal.com/168441/updated-ex-cop-pleads-guilty-to-dwi.html Esquibel, Mike. (2014)  Belen. Officer, child sexual abuse, suicide. Excerpt from Abq Journal:  (This story about a Belen police officer who committed suicide while under investigation for child sexual abuse quoted an attorney’s letter to the city reminding officials of a previous case involving another Belen police officer’s prosecution for rape. The detective in that case was acquitted of all charges against him in 2001. The city of Belen paid $425,000 to the alleged victim in a civil lawsuit)….A deceased Belen Police officer lauded by the police chief and mayor as a “model officer” and a man whose “integrity was never questioned” was under investigation by State Police for alleged sexual abuse of a minor at the time of his death.  Mike Esquibel, a school resource officer for the Belen Consolidated School District and an eight-year veteran of the department, took his own life on Sept. 19, 2014. https://www.abqjournal.com/520155/dead-officer-was-under-investigation.html http://krqe.com/2015/10/12/lawsuit-filed-over-deceased-belen-officers-alleged-sex-crimes/ C CARLSBAD McCormick, James. (2017) Commander. Carlsbad, Artesia, Eddy County.  Excerpt from LCSUN-News (2017): The plot targeted specific personnel within the Carlsbad Police Department, Artesia Police Department and the Eddy County Sheriff's Office, according to a news release from the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force…Commander James McCormick with the PVDTF said the suspects planned to use firearms and explosives to carry out their plans on the targeted officers….An ‘intensive, multi-agency investigation’ began once the plot was discovered, police said, and led law enforcement to believe suspects had already taken steps to further the plan.  McCormick said it appears the suspects intended to hire assailants to target the officers.http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/2017/02/07/several- officers-targeted-revenge-plot/97620692/ CLOVIS Aguilar, Brent. (2014) Clovis. Officer.  Excerpt from Police Center: See You Tube video clip Clovis, NM - A Clovis police officer is facing an internal investigation for use of force, police said Wednesday in a news release.  While police did not release the officer’s name, Attorney Dan Lindsey claims Officer Brent Aguilar slammed his handcuffed client to the ground during a traffic stop on Aug. 3.  Lindsey has asked New Mexico State Police to start a criminal investigation against Aguilar.  Lindsey said Jorge Corona, 26, suffered a broken cheek and other injuries after being slammed face first into pavement by Aguilar. Corona was charged with concealing his identity and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DbcwFkDlL0   - You Tube Video clip/article from Police Center https://goo.gl/jR7Abo  D DEMING Arredondo, David. Deming. Hidalgo County deputy. In connection with David Eckert case.  Chavez, Robert. (2013) Deming. Anal Probing incident in connection with David Eckert case. Huffington Post DEXTER Contreras, Mario. (2015) Dexter.  Police Chief.  Stalking.  Excerpt from KRQE12/24/2015:  Police Chief charged with stalking. The clerk claims Contreras had been harassing her for more than a year including once when he got into her car after work and refused to get out until she gave him a kiss. Police reports show other women in town say Contreras harassed them too, making crude gestures to them and touching them inappropriately. After months of investigation state police filed an arrest warrant for Contreras.He turned himself in on Tuesday. He’s charged with three counts of battery and two counts of stalking.Contreras bonded out of jail on a $1,500 cash or surety bond. http://krqe.com/2015/12/24/former-dexter-police-chief-charged-with-stalking/ E ESPANOLA Armijo, Anthony.  Espanola.  (Rio Grande Sun article 02/2017) Signs of police brutality.  http://www.riograndesun.com/news/cops_courts/investigation-clears-city-officer/article_481827d4-eee5-11e6-b557-b3bb841ab3dd.html Rodella Jr., Thomas.  (03/11/2014 - Incident).  Espanola.  High speed chase, roughing up, son in car, not wearing police uniform, etc. Excerpt from KRQE.  By Hawa Konte. 09/27/2014):  Jury finds Sheriff Rodella guilty on two counts… Count 1 of the Indictment charged Sheriff Rodella with violating the victim’s civil rights by subjecting him to an unreasonable seizure while acting under color of law.  Count 2 charged the Sheriff with brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. http://krqe.com/2014/09/26/closing-arguments-expected-in-rodella-trial/ F FARMINGTON Blea, Christopher. (2013)  Farmington.  Officer.  Farmington Daily Times Briseno, Mike. (2011) Farmington.  Behind The Blue Wall,  Farmington Daily Times, Cop Block: http://www.copblock.org/1831/new-mexico- police-officer-long-embroiled-in-brutality-controversy-quits-force/ Christesen, Ken.  Farmington area -  San Juan County. Excerpt From ice dot gov (Article 12/27/2014):  “San Juan County Sheriff  said, ‘I am proud of the efforts of the Region II and HSI agents who put this case together. This partnership from state, local and federal agencies is an example of what can be accomplished when we work together to make our communities safer.” (see more under Police Abuses Names - NM) https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-results-27-arrests-accused-nm-drug-traffickers Countryman, Levi. (2007)  Farmington. Deputy (County).  Cartel participation.  Excerpt from Borderland Beat: “Then, in 2007, the FBI discovered traitors inside the drug task force. New Mexico State Police Officer Keith Salazar and former San Juan County Sheriff’s Deputy Levi Countryman were feeding information to a drug cartel.” http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2011/05/cartel-violence-cash-infiltrating-us.html Dart, Frank. (2016) Farmington. (Wants reforms). Detective (COF). Alerted police/public about inadequate child abuse investigation, 2012 lawsuit over issue. Excerpt From Farmington Daily Times, Steve Garrison: “Frank Dart, a former Farmington police detective, claims the city's police department has failed to adequately investigate child abuse claims, despite a 2012 lawsuit he filed against the department over the issue. And he would like the community to support the funding needed to make those cases a higher priority, bringing the problem out of the shadows of family dysfunction.  Dart, an investigator who received positive performance reviews throughout his time with the department, retired in 2013 amidst acrimonious claims of retaliation by police officials. Dart told The Daily Times in an interview the department has been slow to implement clear policies that would be most protective of the young victims.  He said the department had also failed to assign an adequate number of detectives to investigate child abuse cases, which represent some of the department’s most complex criminal investigations.” http://www.daily-times.com/story/news/crime/2016/11/19/retired-detective-claims-police-fail-child-crimes/91163876/ Frazier, Dale.  (2011) Farmington/Kirtland area - Upper Fruitland.  San Juan County Deputy. Beating of Donovan Tanner. http://www.navajotimes.com/news/2011/0411/041411beating.php  McCoy, Terry. (2012) Farmington.  Sheriff’s Deputy. In connection with William Mike case. LA Times Salazar, Keith. (12/07/2007) Farmington.  New Mexico State Police Officer. 12/7/07 10 pm: Cops charged in drug case.  From Stop the Drug War: “Federal agents today took down two former law officers accused of using insider information to form a large drug ring. Tonight former San Juan County sheriff's Deputy Levi Countryman and former New Mexico State Police Officer Keith Salazar are locked up.  According to a federal indictment, Salazar is the key person in the case.”  http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2007/dec/07/law_enforcement_weeks_corrupt_co See also Borderland Beat G GALLUP Brandau, Mike. (1997) Gallup. Possible mixed case evidence (see Garrity Law), in connection with Paul Fitzjerrell case.  From Real Crimes  http://www.realcrimes.com/Corruption_Overview.htm Byers (first name?) (2001) Gallup.  Arresting officer of Emily Ellison. False arrest, illegal strip search as political retaliation. In the week of January 1, 2001, a lawsuit alleging false arrest and an unconstitutional strip search in retaliation for supporting a particular candidate for district attorney settled for $50,000. https://www.prisonlegalnews.org/news/2007/may/15/new-mexico-50000-settlement-for-false-arrest-unconstitutional-strip-search/ Sanchez, (first name?) (2001) Gallup. False arrest issue of Emily Ellison. $50,000 settlement.  See also Byers. https://www.prisonlegalnews.org/news/2007/may/15/new-mexico-50000-settlement-for-false-arrest-unconstitutional-strip-search/ GRANTS McKinney, Roshern.  Grants.  Excerpt from KRQE:  New Mexico sergeant arrested after lapel camera investigation Lapel video appears to show officer’s illegal activity.  By Haley Rush.  08/24-25-2016.GRANTS, N.M. (KRQE) – A police sergeant in New Mexico was arrested Wednesday, accused of stealing and distributing drugs.  The Sergeant, 33-year-old Roshern McKinney, is accused of giving his girlfriend, 23-year-old Tanicka Gallegos-Gonzales, marijuana he took from the Grants Police Station.http://krqe.com/2016/08/24/new-mexico-sergeant-arrested-after-lapel-camera-investigation/  H HOBBS Porter, Rodney. (2005)  Hobbs. Excerpt from Brown Watch:  Arresting Officer has a History of Police Brutality Claims Against him (01/03/2005) One of the arresting officers, Detective Rodney Porter is no stranger to police brutality or racial discrimination claims. On August 24, 2004 a court awarded Jimmie Marshall, a 58 year old Black man $580,000 for police brutality claims he brought against Porter and the  City of Hobbs. Specifically, Porter took a blood sample from him without his permission and without a warrant following a Dec. 26, 1996, traffic stop. Marshall claimed Porter only tried to stop him after determining Marshall was black and then used a racial slur during the arrest -- a claim Porter denied. The jury awarded Marshall $390,000 in compensatory and punitive damages for Porter's actions (the remainder was for the liability of another officer's actions).[more]http://brownwatch.squarespace.com/police-brutality- watch/2005/1/3/hobbs-police-beat-down-another-black-man-cop-with-racist-brutality-past-is-the-arresting-officer.html J JAL Burns, Larry. (2014) Jal, NM. Police Chief.  Off-Job sex photos of him by underling.  The Blaze  JEMEZ SPRINGS Harger, Shane. (2014)  Jemez Springs.  Chief. Fired, seems to have been retaliative.  Excerpt by Warner Todd Huston 03/30/2014: Chief Harger attended the Las Vegas gathering of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA) to hear what the group had to say about its goals. Harger says he’d never attended such an event in the past and until the Vegas event was not a member of the group.  On the way to the CSPOA event, though, the chief suddenly found that his name had been placed on some sort of watchlist by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and he was harassed by TSA agents as he tried to board his plane. (See more in NM Police Abuses - Names) L LAS CRUCES Baker, Isaiah.  (02/17/2017)   Las Cruces. Officer.  Excessive force, 4th Amendment violation.   Excerpt from Photography is not a Crime, 02/17/2017:  After a five-day trial and three-hour deliberation, a jury awarded the couple $1.6 million.  The federal jury ruled that Las Cruces police officers Isaiah Baker and Joseph Campa used unreasonably excessive force and violated the couples Fourth Amendment right. (see more on NM Police Abuses - Names) Clifton, Michael. (2014) Las Cruces. Crash related issues, including tampering with evidence.  Excerpt Abq Journal.  By James Staley.  03/26/2014 Facing misdemeanor charges related to an early-morning crash on Interstate 25, a longtime Las Cruces police officer has resigned.  New Mexico State Police, the agency investigating the crash, has filed misdemeanor charges against Clifton – careless driving, leaving a crash scene, failure to give notice of a crash and failure to give a written report related to the crash.  He’s also facing evidence tampering charges, which in this case is classified as a petty misdemeanor. https://www.abqjournal.com/374417/cruces-officer-resigns-amid-charges.html Garcia, Michael. Las Cruces. (Incident 2011, Reported 2013).  See NM Police Victims Names -  Diana Guerrero.  Excerpt from Photography is Not a Crime 03/2016: Now, the city of Las Cruces, N.M. has settled to pay $3 million to a woman who was sexually abused by a city police officer during the ride-along. The officer in question, Detective Michael Garcia has since plead guilty and was sentenced to nine years in prison. The settlement decision was made on Monday. http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2016/03/29/new-mexico-police- settle-3-million-lawsuit-hiv-positive-detective-rapes-woman-ride-along/ Garcia, Richard. (03/2015) Las Cruces.  Officer. Extensive excessive force. Excerpt from Cop Block (03/09/2015):  Video Proves Las Cruces Cops Lied….the video clearly shows Las Cruces police officers – Danny Salcido and Richard Garcia – rushing into Flynn’s holding cell and attacking him. The Lahann Law Firm representing Flynn say that Salcido and Garcia beat their client so badly he sustained multiple injuries including a fractured skull, a brain hemorrhage, broken ribs and multiple contusions. Flynn’s attorneys filed a 12 million dollar lawsuit on Thursday (March 6th) against the city and several police officers involved. https://www.copblock.org/114550/video-las-cruces-nm-cops-lie-costly/ http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/courts/2016/06/27/ex-lcpd-officer-trial-alleged-cell-beating/86454838/ Another Deadlocked Jury/Mistrial in New Mexico: (07/01/2016) http://www.lcsun- news.com/story/news/local/courts/2016/07/01/mistrial-declared-ex-police-officers-trial/86613902/ Griffin, Matt.  (1980s) Albuquerque.  Officer.   Numerous crimes - “The Ninja Bandit.”   Excerpt from Kait Arquette: Six months later, Officer Griffin, who fired the death shot, was revealed to be the notorious “The Ninja Bandit” who had been terrorizing Albuquerque for months.  Griffin was sentenced to life for multiple bank robberies and murder of a witness.  Even so, law enforcement continued to refuse to consider the possibility that Griffin killed Peter [Klunck] to keep him from talking. Real Crimes: http://www.realcrimes.com/Corruption_Overview.htmhttp://kaitarquette.arquettes.com/corruption%20overview.htm True Crime Diva - Griffin Grossetete, Victor.  (article 07/2015) Albuquerque, Espanola. Cop’s battery charge, brutality lawsuits raise questions about police vetting http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/cop-s-battery-charge-brutality-lawsuits-raise-questions-about- police/article_a5a90ab5-ebbd-59be-a683-4264a7644ade.html HOBBS Porter, Rodney. (2005)  Hobbs. Excerpt from Brown Watch:  Arresting Officer has a History of Police Brutality Claims Against him (01/03/2005) One of the arresting officers, Detective Rodney Porter is no stranger to police brutality or racial discrimination claims. On August 24, 2004 a court awarded Jimmie Marshall, a 58 year old Black man $580,000 for police brutality claims he brought against Porter and the  City of Hobbs. Specifically, Porter took a blood sample from him without his permission and without a warrant following a Dec. 26, 1996, traffic stop. Marshall claimed Porter only tried to stop him after determining Marshall was black and then used a racial slur during the arrest -- a claim Porter denied. The jury awarded Marshall $390,000 in compensatory and punitive damages for Porter's actions (the remainder was for the liability of another officer's actions).[more]http://brownwatch.squarespace.com/police-brutality- watch/2005/1/3/hobbs-police-beat-down-another-black-man-cop-with-racist-brutality-past-is-the-arresting-officer.html LAS VEGAS Salazar, Martin.  (2009) Las Vegas, NM.  Although cleared at time of striking a woman Bernadette Varela being put in prison, DA’ Richard Flores’ approach to case seems suspicious. Jailers were witnesses to the abuse.  This case should probably be looked into in more detail.   https://www.abqjournal.com/13819/investigation-clears-las-vegas-n-m-police-officer-of-criminal-wrongdoing.html LOS ALAMOS Adair, Aaron. (2010) Los Alamos. Fire Department Captain. Voyeurism fellow female worker. NAVAJO RESERVATION Etsitty, Lawrence.  Navajo Reservation - Church Rock. (2012) Excerpt from Justice:  Lawrence Etsitty , 31, a former police officer with the Navajo Police Department (NPD), was sentenced today in federal court on charges related to the sexual abuse of a woman who was in his custody on Jan. 25, 2009. Earlier this year, Etsitty pleaded guilty to violating the civil rights of the victim when he groped, touched and kissed her against her will, while she was handcuffed. Etsitty also was charged and pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI.  According to court documents, on Jan. 25, 2009, at 2:40 a.m., Etsitty, while working in his capacity as an officer of the NPD, arrested the victim outside of the Fire Rock Casino in Churchrock, N.M. Etsitty then handcuffed the victim and placed her in the back of his patrol vehicle. Etsitty then drove the victim to an isolated road in the desert, opened the back door of his patrol car where the handcuffed victim was sitting, and forcibly pulled her toward him and out of the car. Etsitty then began groping the victim, while she struggled to get free, pleading for Etsitty to take her home. Ultimately, Etsitty agreed to do so and dropped the victim off in a parking lot near her home, at which point the victim ran away. https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-new-mexico-navajo-police-officer-sentenced-over- four-years-prison-sexual-abuse-charges P PORTALES Castillo, Victor.  (2012) Portales. Officer. Sex with minor. Excerpt from Amarillo by Jim McBride, 07/19/2016:  A former Portales, N.M. police officer was sentenced Tuesday to serve 25 years in prison for having a sexual relationship with a New Mexico high school student.  Victor Castillo, 46, was sentenced Tuesday in a Portales court after pleading guilty to 12 different sex charges.http://amarillo.com/news/2013-04-23/portales-officer-sentenced-student-sex-abuse-case  https://sexoffenderissues.blogspot.com/2013/04/nm-ex-portales-cop-victor-castillo-gets.html Garrison, Larry. (2015, 2016) Portales. Excerpt from Albuq. Journal, by Brittney Cannon (10/23/2015): A Portales police officer’s conduct during an internal affairs investigation “displayed a complete lack of integrity and honesty.” That’s according to an Oct. 14 letter from Portales Police Chief Pat Gallegos to District Attorney Andrea Reeb. Reeb said Wednesday that Larry Garrison is no longer employed by Portales police following the investigation. http://krqe.com/2016/03/17/portales-police-officer-fired-after-internal-investigation/ https://www.abqjournal.com/664518/letter-portales-officers-conduct-displayed-lack-of-integrity.html R RIO RANCHO Julian, Aaron.  (02/2002)  Rio Rancho.  From Real Crimes: 2/02:  “Officer Aaron Julian, Rio Rancho Dept. of Public Safety, was indicted for five felony counts of child abuse. The DA failed to send a Grand Jury Target letter so all charges were dropped. Aaron Julian's wife was then arrested and charged with the five felony counts.” http://www.realcrimes.com/Corruption_Overview.htm McDowell Sr, John “Jack”. (2011) Rio Rancho. Excerpt from Abq Journal. By Argen Duncan / Rio Rancho Observer Staff Writer 12/06/2014  Ex-State Police officer found guilty of murder.  One of the men charged with stabbing a Rio Rancho man to death in July 2011 faces more than 30 years in prison after a Sandoval County jury convicted him in the homicide.  Jurors found 58-year-old John “Jack” McDowell Sr., a former State Police officer, guilty of first-degree murder and tampering with evidence in the slaying of James Chavez…McDowell’s son, John McDowell Jr., also is charged with murder in the case. His trial is pending. https://www.abqjournal.com/506723/exstate-police-officer-found-guilty-of-murder.html ROSWELL Zavala, Cruz. (2016) Roswell. Domestic violence (wife).  http://krqe.com/2016/05/16/roswell-police-officer-arrested-after-domestic- dispute-with-wife/ RUIDOSO Stinnett, Alfred Clyde. (2001) Ruidoso. Excerpt from Justice dot gov: Department was indicted today on charges of assaulting an individual in the custody of the Ruidoso Police Department, the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico announced today.The three count indictment, returned in U.S. District Court in New Mexico today, charges that in November of 2001 defendant Alfred Clyde Stinnett slammed Susanne DiPaolo, an individual in police custody, to her cell floor while she was handcuffed. The indictment also alleges that former police officer Stinnett obstructed justice by submitting misleading information to investigators and tampering with a witness.https://www.justice.gov/archive/opa/pr/2003/January/03_crm_006.htm S SANTA FE Baca, Joseph. (2013) Santa Fe. Officer.  Incident in Chama.  Negligent use of firearm issue.  Excerpt from The Santa Fe New Mexican. By Phaedra Haywood (08/05/2013).   The Santa Fe Police Department is conducting an internal investigation into the actions of one of its officers who was arrested in Chama about a week ago on a charge of negligent use of a firearm.  Officer Joseph Baca was arrested July 27 by New Mexico State Police after he reportedly was found drinking, shooting guns and arguing with his wife, Santa Fe Police Department Sgt. Andrea Dobyns. Another man, who was found passed out in a vehicle near the cabin where the police officers were staying also was arrested. http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/officer-s-use-of-weapons-under-investigation-after- arrest/article_2b8ac0ad-b250-5ebc-be30-cc2872e3b1cc.html Chan, Tai. (2014) Santa Fe.  Deputy.  Killed another deputy Jeremy Martin via multiple gunshots to back during a brawl at a hotel. Chan is the nephew of Santa Fe County Commissioner Robert Anaya. http://www.koat.com/article/deputy-charged-in-murder-of-fellow-deputy-1/5060043 Eiskant, Mike. (2015, 2012 and earlier) Santa Fe. Sergeant. Major lawsuit by 7 women ($770,000) for stalking, harassment of several women.  Years of complaints.  Excerpt from KRQE By Gabrielle Burkhard.  (05/06/2015)  Women claim a police officer used his power to stalk and harass them, while the department looked the other way. Now, the City of Santa Fe must pay for it.  (see more in NM Police Abuses - Names) Martin, Jeremy.  (2014 - slain) Santa Fe.  Deputy.  Killed by another deputy, Tai Chan.  Excerpt from KOAT. By Devon Armijo. (10/28/2014):   Slain deputy's wife pregnant with 4th child.  The two returned to the hotel around midnight. Police said the argument between the two escalated and Chan fired several gunshots at Martin. Martin was attempting to flee to an elevator at the time he was shot, according to police.  Police said Martin was shot several times in the back. Witnesses said they heard at least six shots.  http://www.koat.com/article/deputy-charged-in-murder-of-fellow-deputy-1/5060043 SANTA ROSA Anaya, Justin.  (06/11/2002) Santa Rosa. Excerpt from Real Crimes: “6/11/02 Troy Pino’s Suspicious death (Santa Rosa PD): The first officer at the scene was Lucero’s nephew, Officer Justin Anaya.  The second to arrive was Officer Anthony Ortega.  Neither officer was certified.  Although Troy was calling out for help, the officers made no attempt to stop the assault.  Instead, Officer Anaya, sprayed him in the face with mace.” http://www.realcrimes.com/Corruption_Overview.htm Ortega, Anthony. (06/11/2002) Santa Rosa. From Real Crimes: “6/11/02 Troy Pino’s Suspicious death (Santa Rosa PD): The first officer at the scene was Lucero’s nephew, Officer Justin Anaya.  The second to arrive was Officer Anthony Ortega.  Neither officer was certified.  Although Troy was calling out for help, the officers made no attempt to stop the assault.  Instead, Officer Anaya, sprayed him in the face with mace.”  Real Crimes: http://www.realcrimes.com/Corruption_Overview.htm SILVER CITY Aguirre, Michael. Silver CIty (05/23/2017) http://www.scsun-news.com/story/news/crime/2017/05/23/former-police-officer-back-custody-numerous-charges/102083588/ Contreras, Mark. (2016) Silver City.  Murder - killed girlfriend then himself.  Excerpt from SC Daily 09/07/2016: Killed ex-girlfriend, then shot himself. Just over an hour after that second interaction with Nelson on April 21, Contreras tracked Bascom to a friend’s house in the 1300 block of Serinna Court. There, even after a witness was able to coax one gun away from the officer, Contreras produced another gun, and shot and killed Bascom, then himself.http://www.scdailypress.com/site/2016/09/07/murder-suicide-cop-threatened- doctor/ http://www.scdailypress.com/site/2016/09/10/family-to-sue-town-county-in-murder-suicide/ SOCORRO Alvarez, Enrique. (2012) Socorro.  Lieutenant.  Lt. Jose Enrique Alvarez, arrested for alleged official oppression (in marijuana case involving police corruption).  http://www.kvia.com/news/names-of-socorro-police-officers-arrested-have-been-released/55619331 Delgado, Israel.  (2012) Socorro. Officer.  Oppression, tampering with governmental records.  http://www.kvia.com/news/names-of- socorro-police-officers-arrested-have-been-released/55619331  TAOS Davis, Jani.  (2016) Taos.  http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/fired-taos-sergeant-argues-discipline-for-police- misconduct-has-been/article_e2ae00c4-7ffd-5591-839f-5ad40502c8f8.html http://www.taosnews.com/stories/taos-police-sergeant-charged-with-assault-battery,30822 T or C: TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES Pestak, Noah.  (2012) Truth or Consequences. Excerpt from RD News 2012: A 29-year-old man accused of impregnating a 15-year-old girl while he was a Truth or Consequences police officer has been charged with statutory rape of a minor, even though he later married [auth] the girl.T  he Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/OZQbJx) that Noah Pestak turned himself in Friday after State Police obtained an arrest warrant. He was charged with criminal sexual penetration of a minor, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and attempting to tamper with evidence.  He was released from the Sierra County Detention Center later Friday after posting a $25,000 cash-only bond.  http://rdrnews.com/wordpress/blog/2012/07/29/ex-nm-officer-who-married-15-year-old-charged/ VAUGHN Armijo, Chris (Ernest).  (2012)  Vaughn.  Police Chief:  Excerpt from Our Tax Dollars at Work:  The police chief of the small eastern New Mexico town of Vaughn resigned Wednesday, leaving the town with just one certified member on its police force — a drug-sniffing dog named Nikka.  Dave Romero, attorney for the town, said Wednesday that police Chief Ernest “Chris” Armijo decided to step down after news stories reported that he wasn’t allowed to carry a gun because of his criminal background.  “He decided the attention was distracting,” Romero said.  State officials said Armijo couldn’t carry a gun since acknowledging that he owed tens of thousands of dollars in delinquent child support payments in Texas. Armijo also faces new felony charges after being accused of selling a town-owned rifle and pocketing the cash.  Romero said Armijo is working to clear up the latest case. He said Armijo has not ruled out seeking the police chief’s position again if his case is resolved and the position is open. https://ourtaxdollarsatwork.wordpress.com/category/new-mexico/
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