Updates: 11/26/2017 Chavez, Jose (KOD/Hatch 08/12/2016);; Coffman, Rod/DS/Lea County/apparent suicide 2011;  Wilson, Dusty; Wallace, Edmund/lea county/sex abuse of inmate; 11/25/2017 Justice dt gov CASA APD monitoring report; 11/05/2017 Threlkeld, Eric/Carlsbad/ letter to editor Current Argus/on domestic violence issues/reforms; Emmert, Richard/Farmington/cleared of charges;Vigil, Matthew/Espanola/Child Abuse; Malone, Casey/Farmington/clearing allegations regarding another officer. 05/29/2017; 03/19/2017 Police Abuses New Mexico Names Index A - F  Albuquerque, Belen, Clovis, Deming, Farmington, Hobbs, Las Cruces, Las Vegas, Portales, Raton, Silver City, Taos, Navajo Nation, etc. Although not comprehensive, this is a growing list.  Although most of the police names listed here refer to aberrant or criminalistic cops, some are reformers or are listed to provide other information.  For example, listing KOD (killed on duty) or DS (deceased-suicide) might provide perspective or additional insights See also :  Victim Incidents/Cases      Police - Blue Lives Matter  Reform Monitoring Update for New Mexico’s largest city: Albuquerque police APD): Justice dot gov: Outcome Assessment APD  (Report filed 08/18/2017) (CASA Implementation/monitoring police for safety, etc. ) Discusses how APD still has serious issues regarding force. PAGE ONE (this page) - A to F   PAGE TWO  G TO N   PAGE THREE  O TO Z  scroll down if links are not active or use letter links. Key: several codes could be used for one person, sometimes just one issue is selected, or the code MULT for multiple issues; not everyone will get a code, esp. if info seems convoluted and involved, or if the material is mostly to provide background or other info KOD = killed on/connected to duty     DS = deceased apparent/actual suicide    DOM = domestic violence issues   SEX=some kind of sexual misconduct issue whether cleared later or not, with  NO-GLT means found not guilty, with MNR added indicates minor involved   REF requesting/spurring/creating reform FORCE =related to force on the job)  MULT=multiple issues   SUS= connected to suspicious death in some way   SUIT=lawsuit involved   OPP=official oppression   WPN=negligent use of firearm or some other issue involving weapons    W-HLD=sued for witholding evid.  SHT= shooting  NO-ARM not armed  INTIMID = intimidation to keep victims/witnesses from talking    CHLD= child abuse   FEL=felony charges   Police Personnel: CHF = police chief     DEP=deputy    OFC=officer A   Ackerman, Steve (Sheriff KOD 01/17/2017)      Adair, Aaron (SEX)      Aguilar, Brent (FORCE)      Aguirre, Michael (MULT)    Ahrensfield, Brad (MULT)      Alvarado, Vicente (SUIT)      Alvarez, Enrique (OPP)      Anaya, Justin      Apodaca, Paul     Armijo, Chris (Ernest)     Armijo, Anthony (BRU)     Arredondo, David     Avila, Greg B   Babcock, Todd     Baca, Joseph (WPN)     Baca, Sam     Baker, Isaiah (FORCE)     Barde, Daniel     Benard, Tom (FORCE)     Benner, Greg (KOD 05/25/2015)  Blea, Christopher     Brachle, Greg     Brandau, Mike     Briseno, Mike     Brown, C.J.    Burns, Larry     Burt, Darryl (SEX)   Byers (first name?) C   Campa, Joseph     Candelaria, Lawrence     Candelaria, Leonard     Carillo, John     Castillo, Victor (SEX-MNR)     Chan, Tai  Chase, Christopher     Chavez, Jose (KOD 08/12/2016)     Chavez, Levi     Chavez, Robert     Chavez, Timothy     Christesen, Ken  Clifton, Michael   Coffman, Rod (DS 12/04/2011)     Conley, Bill     Contrareras, Mark     Contreras, Mario     Corvinus, Clint (KOD)  Costales, Sam     Countryman, Levi     Currell, Duane D   Dart, Frank (REF)     Davis, Jani     Davis, Robert Earl     Dear, Jeremy     Delgado, Israel     Disney, Michael     Dobyns, Andrea     Doty, Richard     Drutok, Walter E   Economidy, Byron “Trey”      Eden, Gordon(W-HLD)     Eiskant, Mike (SEX)     Emmert, Richard (SEX NO-GLT)   Esquibel, Mike (SEX, DS)      Esparza, Greg (FORCE)     Espinoza, Gerald (SHT/NO-ARM)     Estrada, Joseph   Etcitty, Lawrence (SEX) F   Fay, Damon     Finley, Scott (DOM)     Flores, Steve (SUIT)     Frazier, Dale (DEP, FORCE)    Where applicable below, green highlighting means victim and red highlighting means police. A_nmpolicenames_nmpoliceabuse_systemabuse_thegoldenrivernet_updates_05/29/2017 Aguirre, Michael; Armijo, Anthony; Alvarez, Enrique-02/21/2107) Aguilar, Brent- 02/23/2017) A Ackerman, Steve. (2017) Lovington  (deceased Lea County Sheriff) Died in a one-occupant car accident near Encino when apparently mishandling a curve, toppling his vehicle and being thrown; found dead on scene.  NMSP handled situation. See more Police - Blue Lives Matter   on this website Obituary Facebook LEiYOamnY5Cl43jVanDfMO9f7siWdZ1vpDYYcgIAA3rAzdAk6dUlk&fref=nf Other Related Links officers.html? [post-humus] ackerman/4374439/  [post-humus]  [Ackerman’s successor - Wester, Byron] Adair, Aaron (2010) Los Alamos. Fire Department Captain. SEX. Voyeurism fellow female worker. Aguilar, Brent (2014) Clovis. Officer. (FORCE)  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.   - You Tube Video clip/article from Police Center  Aguirre, Michael  (05/23/2017) Silver City.  Officer. (MULT)  Numerous charges. Ahrensfield, Brad (1990s+) Albuquerque. MULT. There are a strange number of cases associated with this man which need to be double- checked.    From Real Crimes: 11/06/1996 Albuquerque.  APD Officer Brad Ahrensfield stopped motorist Kevin Lamkin and informed him there were warrants out for his arrest.  Lamkin presented paperwork that proved the warrants had already been cleared up, but Ahrensfield allegedly crumbled them up, resorted to name-calling and abusive handling of Lamkin, and arrested him anyway.  Lamkin’s case against Ahrensfield was settled out of court for $2,000. 10/12/1997: APD Officer Brad Ahrensfield stopped at a scene where a vehicle was stopped on a median, used pepper spray on the passenger, Steven Salazar, and allegedly kicked him in the stomach when Salazar refused to lie on the ground.  The incident was settled for $10,000. 10/26/1997: APD Officer Brad Ahrensfield was one of several officers outside an Albuquerque home during the arrest of Jim Vigin Jr.  Virgin’s father protested the rough treatment of his son and decided to get a video camera from inside the house.  Ahrensfield allegedly tackled Vigil Sr. “with such force that he was thrown into the bushes” and stepped on his hand and wrist, causing a wrist fracture.  The City settled the suit for $25,000.  12/21/1997: APD Officer Brad Ahrensfield was alleged to have dragged a patron out of a nightclub, used pepper spray on him, and shoved him to the ground with such force that he shattered the man’s right wrist.  The case was settled for $40,000. 06/28/1998: APD Officer Brad Ahrensfield was alleged to have punched motorist Kippy Rhoten in the face five times after pulling him over to tell him to turn his car stereo down.  A Metro Court judge ruled Ahrensfield innocent, but the City Attorney’s office ended up paying a settlement of $20,000. Real Crimes:  See Also: KOAT 7: (2011) (2012) national-press-is-covering-the-charges-against-apds-own/ (2015) Alvarado, Vicente Albuquerque.  (2007) (SUIT) 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. Alvarez, Enrique (2012) Socorro.  Lieutenant. (OPP) Lt. Jose Enrique Alvarez, arrested for alleged official oppression (in marijuana case involving police corruption). Tuesday night the Texas Department of Pubic Safety executed multiple search warrants and arrested four people at the Socorro Police headquarters. Socorro city spokesman Dave Garcia said the Texas Rangers looked through computers, boxes and files at the Police Headquarters located at Poona and Calcutta streets in Socorro. After they arrested the four individuals, the Rangers moved their operations to the Rio Vista Socorro Police Sub-station, where they continued the investigation. Garcia said DPS may have been moved to the Rio Vista location because that's where Socorro's computer server is located. 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.” Apodaca, Paul (1989, etc.) Albuquerque.  In connection with Kaitlyn Arquette case (1989) as well as other issues. Armijo, Anthony  Espanola.  (BRU) (Rio Grande Sun article 02/2017) Signs of police brutality. 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. Arredondo, David Deming. Hidalgo County deputy. In connection with David Eckert case.  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.  Minott testified that he shot at Officer Avila in self-defense after Avila fired at him.  Officer Avilla’s blood alcohol level was three times higher than the legal requirement for intoxication.  A female witness testified that Avila tried to force his way into her bedroom, tried to grope another girl present, and tried to stab a cat with a pitchfork, saying he “was hungry.”  Minott testified that he told Avila to stop hurting the women and Avila said, “What are you going to do about it?”, Minott pushed Avila away, and Avila pulled a knife.  Then Hearn got involved, and Minott said he feared that Hearn would hold him down while Avila cut him, so he ran to the house and Avila fired a gun at him.  Minott got to a gun and fired back at Avila, wounding him twice. Minott was found guilty of assault with intent to commit a violent felony. Chief Whitey Hansen 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,  Excerpt from Newspapers - Santa Few New Mexican, 03/26/1981: An " Albuquerque undercover policeman was shot Wednesday evening in the Torrance County community of Mclntosh and police have launched an extensive manhunt for one man. Greg Avila was shot twice while on duty in Mclntosh. He was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital in Albuquerque where he was listed in serious but guarded condition Wednesday night. Police have declined to release details of the shooting incident, other than to say he was working with other officers from the department's investigation unit at the time he was shot. B_nmpoliceabusenames_nmpoliceabuse_systemabuse_thegoldenrivernet_updates (Barde, Daniel-02/20/2017)(Brown, C.J.-02/21/2017)(Baca, Joseph-02/22/2017) B 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. Baca, Joseph (2013) Santa Fe. Officer. WPN  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. arrest/article_2b8ac0ad-b250-5ebc-be30-cc2872e3b1cc.html 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.” Baker, Isaiah  (02/17/2017)   Las Cruces. Officer. (FOR) 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.  The incident took place in January 2013 after Jillian Beck called police to report a disturbance with neighbors around 10 p.m., according to the Las Cruces Sun-News. The New Mexico cops did not appreciate Jillian Beck walking away from them after they responded to a neighborhood dispute, prompting an officer to grab her arm, twist it behind her back and slam her to the ground, leaving her with a fractured arm as he planted his knee on her back.  When the woman lifted her head to console her four-year-old son who began crying, the Las Cruces police officer slammed her face on a bed of rocks, leaving her with a broken nose and a bruised and bloodied face.  When her husband became alarmed, thinking his wife was choking on her own blood, he walked up to help her, but he was also arrested.  Las Cruces police officer Isaiah Baker then turned to a female officer and bragged about his deeds, telling her that Jillian Beck “got thrown” and ended up with a “face full of rocks.”  “Cool,” the female officer responded, according to an audio clip that was heard during a civil trial last week. 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. Benard, Tom (04/23/2000) Albuquerque. Officer. (FOR) 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.  Benner, Greg (KOD 05/25/2015) Rio Rancho. Traffic stop. Blea, Christopher  (2013)  Farmington.  Officer.  Farmington Daily Times 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 Brandau, Mike (1997) Gallup. Possible mixed case evidence (see Garrity Law), in connection with Paul Fitzjerrell case.  From Real Crimes Briseno, Mike (2011) Farmington.  Behind The Blue Wall,  Farmington Daily Times, Cop Block: police-officer-long-embroiled-in-brutality-controversy-quits-force/ 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. He ended up in the Roswell Police Department, three hours south of Albuquerque. While he was there, a city councillor brought a civil-rights lawsuit against him—she alleged that he had arrested her for exercising her right to free speech—and five citizens filed complaints. He was accused of injuring a man by throwing him to the ground; of humiliating a mother when arresting her for speeding; and of pointing his gun at someone who got out of his car too slowly. Later, he estimated that he had drawn his gun during a traffic stop on at least ten occasions. In 2005, he applied to work for the police department in Rio Rancho, just north of Albuquerque, but he was rejected for having a bad attitude. Since the last time he applied to the Albuquerque Police Department, Brown had been in two car accidents and filed for bankruptcy—events that the department typically considered indications of instability—but his second application was accepted, and he was given a signing bonus of five thousand dollars. He didn’t take a psychological exam. His training lasted six weeks…[after a struggle with Christopher…) Brown unholstered his pistol, a nine-millimetre handgun that he’d owned since he was sixteen. He pressed the muzzle against Christopher’s back and pulled the trigger. He didn’t hear any noise, and wondered if the gun had malfunctioned. He squeezed the trigger again. This time Christopher said, “Ow.” Christopher was still trying to get up, so Brown shot him in the back a third time. Burns, Larry (2014) Jal, NM. Police Chief.  Off-Job sex photos of him by underling.  The Blaze  Burt, Darryl (1990s) Albuquerque. SEX 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.”… “Deputy senior officer in the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department Gang Unit, was charged with kidnapping, criminal sexual penetration, and other felonies in connection with the traffic stop of a 24-yr-old male, as well as 34 counts of sexual assault and extortion of a 16-yr-old boy.  He was also found guilty of drug trafficking charges”… “(02/22/1992): Albuquerque Journal: District Court Judge ordered Bernalillo County Sheriff Ray Gallagher to keep members of his Crime Suppression Unit away from witnesses in the sexual assault case against BCSO Deputy Darryl Burt Sheriff Gallagher admitted to having destroyed evidence in the case against Deputy Burt” …”(04/25/1995): Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Deputy Darryl Burt, who was acquitted in Nov. 1992 of sex related charges, was indicted on 34 counts of sexual assault and extortion of a 16-yr-old boy over a number of months and a number of different encounters.  (These charges were unrelated to the sex charges filed against him previously.)  Burt was placed on unpaid leave from BCSO.  He later pled guilty to two misdemeanor charges and was sentenced to 728 days in jail…”(08/1996): 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.” 10/16/98: Albuquerque Journal: Former BCSO deputy Darryl Burt, now a federal inmate, has instigated a civil rights suit against the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department claiming he is owed back pay and benefits denied him after he was charged with 34 counts of sexual assault and extortion of a 16-yr-old boy.  In 7/99 a federal judge dismissed the suit.(From Real Crimes)  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. C_nmpolicenames_nmpoliceabuses_systemabuse_thegoldenrivernet_updates_(02/17-19/2017-Christesen)(Clifton, Michael; Contreras, Mario-02/20/2017) (Contreras, Mark-02/21/2017) C Campa, Joseph.  Las Cruces 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) Candelaria, Leonard. (04/25/1998) See Lawrence Candelaria. Carillo, John (01/30/1984) Albuquerque.  Excerpt from Real Crimes: Criminal Case: State v. Charles William Holman, et al., Sex Club of Albuquerque: A list of people involved in this party/prostitution club included police officers, state legislators, lawyers, and judges.”  (From Real Crimes) Castillo, Victor.  (2012) Portales. Officer.  SEX 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. 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. 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.” Chavez, Jose.  Hatch KOD  (08/12/2016)Police Officer Jose Chavez was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop on Franklin Street at approximately 3:40 pm.  One of the vehicle's passengers exited the vehicle during the stop and opened fire on Officer Chavez, wounding him. Chavez, Levi. Albuquerque.  Former Albuquerque Police Department (APD) officer Levi.  Cutting Edge News Chavez, Robert. (2013) Deming. Anal Probing incident in connection with David Eckert case. Huffington Post Chavez, Timothy. Albuquerque. Christesen, Ken.  Farmington and 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." Excerpt From Borderland Beat (2011): San Juan County.  “San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen said he’s “absolutely” concerned that cartels are targeting his deputies. “They’re already here,” he said. “There’s three cartels working in San Juan County right now.” In 2003, Christesen worked for the Region II Drug Task Force when officials caught a former deputy named Mike Marshall dealing drugs.  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.“To keep the cartels safe, they told them what the task force was doing on a daily basis,” Christesen said. “Every time an informant was developed, they passed that information on. Every time a search warrant was obtained, they passed that information on.”In essence, the cartels knew everything law enforcement was doing, he said.  All three of those men are now serving time in prison. But Christesen knows there are more crooked cops in bed with the cartels.  Excerpt from Farmington Daily Times.  By Dan Schwartz (11/08/2015):  Utley, who worked in law enforcement for 25 years before retiring last year, did not return a phone call seeking comment for this story.  “It’s unfortunate that he worked that long in law enforcement and ended up this way, but this says a lot about character,” San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen said.  San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen (photo is in article) Utley and three other former employees of the Sheriff’s Office filed a lawsuit last year against Christesen claiming he retaliated against them with unjust demotions and work-place harassment because they wouldn’t support his re-election campaign. In early October, the county settled the lawsuit for $500,000.  Sheriff’s Office Capt. Brice Current, former Undersheriff Ron Anderson, the Sheriff’s Office, the county and its commissioners were also defendants. Lisa Haws, Matt Wilcox and Utley’s wife, Beth Utley, were the other plaintiffs.  The lawsuit claimed the accusations against Shane Utley were “bogus” and “nothing more than retaliation.” But Christesen says the academy determined Shane Utley is deceptive and lied.  Christesen described the lawsuit as a political torpedo aimed at his 2014 reelection campaign. He said the half-million-dollar settlement, a business decision by the county’s insurance company, has no bearing on accuracy of the claims made against him in the lawsuit.  “Everything we do is based on integrity,” he said.  Excerpt from Judith Miller:  But sensitive task-force information kept leaking out to the Tarangos, much to Christesen's frustration. Every time Christesen got close to persuading someone to talk or testify in a drug-related case, the inquiry would fall apart. A parade of witnesses who had agreed to testify would suddenly change their minds. One potential witness in a drug case against Josh Tarango, Danny's younger brother, refused to testify in 2006 after her daughter's car was burned on her front lawn. "Every time we got close to tying Tarango to Countryman," Christesen recalls, "an informant would be burned"—intimidated, that is. "I began to think that our own building was bugged. I even asked the FBI to do a sweep." Tired of waiting for federal help, "we finally bought old equipment and did it ourselves." The sweep turned up nothing. Meanwhile, violence in San Juan County kept escalating, much of it apparently tied to Danny Tarango. Case against this Sheriff by Shane Utley: Ken-Christesen 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. Coffman, Rod. (12/04/2011) Hobbs. Lea County Sheriff.  Apparent suicide . Excerpt from ABQ Journal 12/6/201 By Rene Romo: Coffman worked for the Hobbs Police Department for seven years and then spent 13 years in the sheriff’s department, working his way up to the rank of captain, the highest nonelected position in the agency. Coffman, a Republican, was elected sheriff with nearly 59 percent of the vote in 2006, and he won re-election to a second four-year term in November 2010 by garnering 73.4 percent of the vote while running against a conservative independent candidate. The Lea County Sheriff’s Department is moving into a new $8 million headquarters in Lovington, and Coffman also presided over the creation of a regional emergency dispatch center and emergency operations center, said county manager Mike Gallagher. Conley, Bill. (1986) Albuquerque. Police Lt., associated with Linda Daniels murder case.  AP News Archive 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. doctor/ 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. Corvinus, Clint (KOD) (2016) Alamagordo. Killed on duty 09/02/2016. Costales, Sam. (2009) Albuquerque. Retired officer. Describes police abuses in Albuquerque. Won lawsuit against APD.  Youtube. (Also see section Victim Incidents/Cases)  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.” Excerpt from Stop the Drug War (12/7/2007): According to this federal indictment Countryman acted as the middleman while a Mexican national named Daniel Tarango did the actual dealing. The scheme described in the indictment was simple: Salazar handed over insider information to Countryman who then passed it along to Tarango making it nearly impossible for drug agents to catch him. 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:  D nmpolicenames_nmpoliceabuses_system abuse_thegoldenrivernet_updates (Doty, Richard 05/28/2017) (Israel Delgado; Drutok, Walter 02/21/2017))(Dobyns, Andrea- 02/22/2017) (Davis, Jani-02/23/2017) D Dart, Frank. (2016) Farmington. Detective (COF) - retired 2013.  (REF) Reform supporter. 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.” Davis, Jani.  (2016) Taos. misconduct-has-been/article_e2ae00c4-7ffd-5591-839f-5ad40502c8f8.html,30822 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:  Dear,  Jeremy.  Albuquerque.  In connection with Mary Hawkes case. Delgado, Israel.  (2012) Socorro. Officer.  Oppression, tampering with governmental records. socorro-police-officers-arrested-have-been-released/55619331  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:  Dobyns, Andrea.  Santa Fe, incident in CHama. Officer. Drinking, shooting, domestic violence (wife - police sergent).  Excerpt from The Santa Fe New Mexican. By Phaedra Haywood (08/05/2013).:  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. b250-5ebc-be30-cc2872e3b1cc.html Doty, Richard. - Albuquerque aera.  See also Estrada, Joseph. STATE of New Mexico, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Joseph ESTRADA, Defendant- Appellant.  No. 20,829.    Decided: April 03, 2001 Drutok, Walter. (07/2007) Albuquerque. Officer. Entrapment issue. Eladio Perez. Defendant-Appellee. Excerpt from NM comp comm (2013):   Defendant was indicted on one count of trafficking of a controlled substance  15 (cocaine), contrary to NMSA 1978, § 30-31-20 (2006). Defendant subsequently filed.  16 a motion to dismiss the indictment against him on the basis of entrapment. In his 17 motion, Defendant alleged that on July 29, 2007, Officer Walter Drutok of the 18 Albuquerque Police Department participated in a tactical plan alongside other officers 19 to generate arrests for prostitution and drugs in an Albuquerque neighborhood….In his motion, Defendant argued that under State v. Vallejos, 1997-NMSC-040, 16 123 N.M. 739, 945 P.2d 957, the leading case in New Mexico on entrapment, he was 17 entitled to dismissal of the trafficking charge because the police employed 18 unconscionable methods and advanced illegitimate purposes in the events leading up 19 to his arrest. Defendant specifically raised an objective entrapment defense, E_nmpolicenames_nmpoliceabuse_systemabuse_thegoldenrivernet_updates_(Espinoza, Gerald.  Etsitty, Lawrence, Ellison (first name?), Esparza, Greg-02/20/2017) (Eiskant, Mike-02/22/2017)(Eden, Gordon; Economidy, Byron 03/08/2017) E 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.” scandal/?utm_term=.94b75e07579d Eden, Gordon. (2016) Albuquerque. Police Chief. (W/HLD) Was sued for withholding public records.  (See NM Police victims Reynaldo Chavez.) withhold-public-records/ scandal/?utm_term=.94b75e07579d Eiskant, Mike. (2015, 2012 and earlier) Santa Fe. Sergeant. (SEX) 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.  KRQE News 13 first uncovered then-Santa Fe Police Officer Michael Eiskant’s abuse of power in a special assignment report in 2012. After that, a group of women sued, and Wednesday their attorney said it has paid off.  “He’s very dangerous, he’s a predator,” said a woman who did not want to be identified, during a 2012 interview with KRQE News 13. At the time, she was talking about Santa Fe cop, Michael Eiskant.  “This guy should have been off the streets years ago,” the woman’s husband told KRQE News 13 Wednesday.  It took years of complaints against former Santa Fe Police Sergeant Michael Eiskant, a KRQE News 13 investigation in 2012 and eight women suing.  Excerpt By Jim Vassallo.  04/12/2012-JD Journal: Also had been caught masturbating fantasizing about women in squad car: Excerpt: A police sergeant in Santa Fe, New Mexico is in a bad situation after a video caught him masturbating while he was on duty. The video has recently been released and it was filmed by the dashboard camera of the officer’s cruiser. The video released to the media does not show the inside of the cruiser but has audio that is quite steamy. The officer in question is Sgt. Mike Eiskant.  One former officer, Shannon Brady, was not surprised at the news of the video as Brady said that Eiskant had a bad reputation as a stalker of women and a ‘creeper.’ Brady attempted to file a harassment complaint against Eiskant years ago with the Santa Fe Police Department’s human resource division. The complaint was filed with compliance officer Raymond Rael, who is not the police chief for the department. Excerpt KOAT By Alana Grimstad (12/17/2012): 7 allege harassment, stalking, intimidation: “This man was using that authority to stalk, harass and intimidate these people and invade their privacy in the most egregious and frightening way that he could,” attorney Cammie Nichols said.  Earlier this year, Eiskant resigned and pleaded guilty to criminal charges stemming from the victims’ complaints. He was also caught masturbating in his squad car while on duty as his dash camera was accidentally recording.  Now, he faces a lawsuit filed by seven women, including former fellow officer and a former city judge. The lawsuit alleges that many complaints have been made over Eiskant’s 12-year career, accusing him of abusing his power, following, bullying and intimidating women and making them feel violated. He’s even accused of sexually abusing a police informant, and the women said their cries fell on deaf ears.   “It was essentially ignored, which then empowered him to continue this behavior,” Nichols said.  The lawsuit also names the city and Santa Fe Police Chief Ray Rael for not doing enough to stop Eiskant’s abuse. One former police officer said she felt her own job was in jeopardy because she complained about Eiskant. Emmert, Richard. (2016)  Farmington.  Office. SEX N-GLT  http://www.daily- Esquibel, Mike. (2014)  Belen. Officer, child sexual abuse, suicide.  SEX,  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. Esparza, Greg. (Internal Affairs Investigation 10/26/2016)  (FOR) Espanola. Signs of excessive use of force despite release of internal affairs nvestigation. b557-b3bb841ab3dd.html Espinoza, Gerald.  (2012)  Belen.  Sergeant.  Killed alleged unarmed man. Excerpt From Police Misconduct: This week Tellez's family filed a lawsuit against the city of Belen for the shooting.  The lawsuit claims that Tellez did not have to die that night because he wasn't a violent criminal, didn't have a weapon and wasn't making threatening gestures toward Espinoza.  Online court records show Tellez's record with police listing a pending case of an aggravated DWI and a few other driving offenses. 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: Etsitty, Lawrence.  Navajo Reservation - Church Rock. (SEX) (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. four-years-prison-sexual-abuse-charges F_nmpolicenames_nmpoliceabuse_systemabuse_thegoldenrivernet_updates (Flores, Steve updates-02/20/2017) F 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. (DOM) 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:  Flores, Steve.  (2007) Albuquerque.  Lawsuit against KOB TV. Frazier, Dale(2011) Farmington/Kirtland area - Upper Fruitland. Deputy. (FORCE) San Juan County. Beating of Donovan Tanner. 
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