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APD’s Dear Wins Job Back

'Truth prevailed' -- Jeremy Dear's attorney

Former Albuquerque police officer Jeremy Dear, who fatally shot a suspected car thief in 2014, has gotten his job back.

The city’s Personnel Board voted 3-2 Tuesday to reinstate Dear with a  90-day suspension. Dear was fired in December 2014 for insubordination for repeatedly failing to turn on his lapel camera during encounters with the public.

There was no lapel camera footage of Dear’s April 2014 encounter with 19-year-old Mary Hawkes, whom the officer fatally shot after she allegedly pulled a gun on him.

Dear’s attorney, Tom Grover, praised the Personnel Board’s decision. “Truth prevailed. The Personnel Board was very thorough in their analysis,” Grover told ABQ Free Press.

Personnel Board Chair Lee Peifer said there was no evidence Dear had been ordered to activate his body camera in all encounters with the public. He also said there no evidence that Dear used his camera any more or less than other APD officers.

— Dennis Domrzalski

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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Sara MacNeil is an editorial intern at ABQ Free Press Weekly.

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