Albuquerque Police and city leadership continue to “do little, delay and deflect.”– James Ginger
Triple D Albuquerque
BY DAN KLEIN
Albuquerque Police and city leadership continue to “do little, delay and deflect.”– James Ginger, federal monitor, in testimony before federal court Judge Robert Brack.
It has taken an outsider to point out what we have been telling you for years. APD and Albuquerque City Hall are being run by individuals who are either grossly incompetent or purposely obstructive. The proof is in the “triple D” statement by Ginger. Let me provide an example of each “D”.
Do little. The perfect example of this is the Albuquerque Police command staff that Ginger reports has done very little to bring APD into compliance with the Department of Justice settlement agreement. APD command staff are the policy makers and they have utterly failed to create policies that comply with the DoJ agreement. I suppose when it doesn’t allow them to line their own pockets, the incentives are just not there. Maybe if Ginger offered APD command 30 pieces of silver (it is Lent) they would start getting the DOJ Consent decree policies done.
Deflect. City Attorney Jessica Hernandez, afraid of what the Albuquerque Labor Board might do in the APD Officer Steve Hindi case, worked out a deal that allows Hindi to retire and be cashed out for unused sick time, probably worth thousands of dollars. Hindi was fired for allegedly intimidating a civilian police investigator and misusing the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database. Hernandez, fearful that the labor board would reverse the termination as they had in the Jeremy Dear case, opted to work out a deal with Hindi. Hernandez deflected blame away from the administration by stating, “We don’t know what the personal board is going to do.” The labor board acts upon facts and due process. If Hernandez’s office would start presenting solid cases she wouldn’t have to be afraid.
Delay. APD Detective Jacob Grant was shot and almost killed by Lt. Greg Brachle on January 9, 2015, over fourteen months ago. In an example of how not to lead, APD Chief Gorden Eden refused to make a decision regarding this incident. Eden delayed, delayed and delayed. All the while, Brachle continued to work for APD, collect a city paycheck and work toward his retirement date. During this same time, Grant endured life-threatening injuries that caused him to lose 80 percent of his blood, temporarily go blind, lose the use of one arm, have every major organ (except his heart and brain) be critically damaged, and be placed on workers’ comp where he only receives 66 percent of his salary. His wife had to quit her job to take care of him, and he will never be able to pick up his children. It appears obvious that Eden delayed any discipline so that Brachle could retire. Brachle announced his retirement the same evening that the Civilian Police Oversight Board voted to terminate him. The CPOA did their job, Eden did not. This is another embarrassing example of Eden’s inability to lead and to make hard decisions.
Will Eden submit an LEA 90 to revoke Hindi’s and Brachle’s law enforcement certifications? It’s required by state statute, but this is Gorden Eden’s APD; he doesn’t need to follow the rules, just ask Major Jessica Tyler.
Dan Klein is a retired APD sergeant.