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Brachle Shot Grant With Unauthorized Weapon

Brachle Shot Grant With Unauthorized Weapon

One of the unanswered questions in the Greg Brachle/Jacob Grant shooting case is, why was Brachle using a weapon not authorized by the Albuquerque Police Department?


One of the unanswered questions in the Greg Brachle/Jacob Grant shooting case is why was Brachle using a weapon not authorized by the Albuquerque Police Department?

On May 5, 2014, APD Chief Gorden Eden issued an order requiring all APD officers to carry only a department issued Glock, or Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun.


APD Chief Gorden Eden’s May 5, 2014, Order

Yet eight months later, on January 9, 2015, APD Lieutenant Greg Brachle shot his own detective, Jacob Grant, with a gun that does not appear to be department issued.

A screen shot from the video of the shooting shows Brachle reloading his .45-caliber handgun.

A screen shot from the video of the shooting shows Brachle reloading his .45-caliber handgun.

Grant was shot eight times with a .45-caliber handgun and hollow-point rounds. That would be in direct conflict with the order that Eden issued eight months earlier.

It’s now almost two years since Eden issued the order and we don’t know if any APD cops are still allowed to carry their personal weapons, or if they are all in compliance with Eden’s order.

We asked APD spokeswoman Celina Espinoza if all APD officers were in full compliance with Eden’s order and why Bachle was using his personal weapon eight months after being told not to. She didn’t immediately respond, but we’ll keep asking.

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Dan Klein

Dan Klein is a retired Albuquerque police sergeant. Reach him via Facebook and Twitter via @dankleinabq.

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  • Aya
    April 2, 2016, 8:22 am

    The cops appear to have this mindset that the very most important thing they can do right now is "protect their right" not to let anyone else tell them what to do….
    Things like this are their little protests, their ways of owning the people who pay them, instead of the other way around, answering to the people who fund their paychecks.
    This, along with a million other little signals, let us know in no uncertain terms that the police have zero interest in changing a thing within their ranks.
    They are too dumb or too stubborn to realize that anyone watching them with an eye to whether they’re sincere about reforming themselves, knows right away they are not changing.
    As we spend more and more money on reform, and continue to see more and more proof that APD has no plans to reform…I hope that someone is watching, who will dismantle them once they prove they are not a salvageable organization. Seriously, they are a huge part of the city budget, they cost us millions upon millions every five minutes or so, for messing up, on top of the budget they already have…I personally have interviewed into the hundreds of people who have been wronged and lied about by some cop whose career is gonna benefit from it…..
    At some point, someone has to implement a 3,496 strike rule against a department that believes they are king, not servants who protect. This is the one mistaken belief we keep paying for.
    Every single time we pay for a cop who messed up, it is because they felt they were above reproach.
    The cops are supposed to exist as an example, of how to be brave, how to be honorable, a trusted group of people we can send our kids to if they’re in trouble, and see a cop car.
    I personally believe, in talking to kids out ripping of cars, etc., that they don’t see anything wrong in it, because in their cynical world view and with their experiences with cops…they understand that everyone is ripping everyone off, lying to get ahead, stealing whatever they want.
    The good guys are bad guys, in other words, just lucky enough to be immune from getting caught for it.
    You cannot ask a kid to stop stealing cars when the guys who come to arrest him for it are bigger criminals than he is. It doesn’t wash.
    Start actually charging these guys with the crimes they commit, and we might get some good cops serving and protecting us.
    After we clean the ranks.
    What the police currently represents is a way to be able to be a tough guy, and not get messed with back, a way to commit crimes and not fear repercussions, and not much else.
    I despair that because we’ll never say the police are corrupt, we can never fix the corruption.

    • Larissa Lewis@Aya
      April 3, 2016, 3:15 pm

      You channel the truth! Well explained.
      My dream and goal since Kerry’s murder has been dismantlement and prosecution of criminal gang conduct of APD. Nothing less will do.
      "One night the villagers woke up and realized the police ARE the zombies."

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