Jacob Grant, the officer who was shot eight times by a fellow officer, addressed APD directly:
Det. Jacob Grant Tells APD to Release Video of His Shooting
BY DENNIS DOMRZALSKI
Albuquerque Police Det. Jacob Grant on Wednesday called on the Albuquerque Police Department to make public the video of him being shot eight times by his own lieutenant during an undercover drug bust in January of 2015.
Grant made the request in a letter to the news media from his lawyer, Alex Gabaldon.
“Fourteen months after this tragedy occurred, the City has not released any videos,” the letter said. “Although the videos are highly personal to Det. Grant, and while it may be disturbing to see him[self] being repeatedly shot, Det. Grant is hopeful that the City will release the complete videos to the public to help prevent future tragedies from occurring to other law enforcement officers and to the public. For officer safety, Det. Grant requests that any released videos blur the faces, images and identities of any undercover officers to ensure their safety.”
Brachle shot Grant eight times at point-blank range with .45-caliber, hollow-point rounds during the undercover drug bust on Jan. 9, 2015 near Central and Tramway. Grant lost 80 percent of his blood, suffered temporary blindness and suffered damage to nearly every internal organ as a result of the shooting. He has undergone multiple surgeries to repair the damage and will most likely undergo many more.
Grant has sued the city and Brachle in federal court for civil right violations related to the shooting. The lawsuit and subsequent court filings allege that Brachle was a loose cannon who violated numerous police department policies and procedures that morning. The complaint also alleges that, while he didn’t attend an operational briefing on the bust that morning, Brachle was on his police radio and learned the details of the operation while he was en route to the scene that day.
Specifically, the lawsuit alleged that Brachle knew that in all APD undercover drug operations, an officer always drives an undercover car an officer always sits behind the driver. Grant was in the rear seat in the undercover car that day behind Det. Holly Garcia, who was driving. And, Brachle learned from his police radio that the two suspects in the bust were black males. Grant is white.
In addition, the lawsuit said that APD protocol requires that all officers who are making an undercover bust approach an undercover vehicle from the rear passenger side. Brachle approached from the rear driver’s side. He began firing at Grant after opening the rear, driver’s side door.
Last week, the Albuquerque Civilian Police Oversight Board recommended that Brachle be fired for shooting Grant. The decision is moot because Brachle submitted his retirement papers four days before the board’s decision.
Dennis Domrzalski is news editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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