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Why is Skate Park Shooter Still on Streets?

Why is Skate Park Shooter Still on Streets?

While sitting in the back of the officer’s squad car, Buchanan asked the cop if a certain officer was on duty that night. Why would he ask that?

What’s Buchanan’s Clout with APD?

BY DENNIS DOMRZALSKI

I’ve heard the question so many times now: Why is Greg Buchanan still walking Albuquerque’s streets? It makes no sense.

And, at first glance, it doesn’t.

Buchanan is the 24-year-old who shot 17-year-old Jaquise Lewis in the back at Los Altos Skate Park in March 2015 during a brawl that started over a skateboard.

Buchanan claimed self-defense and has yet to be charged with anything regarding Lewis’ death. He’s the guy who, two months before killing Lewis, was arrested and charged with drug trafficking for carrying nine bags of cocaine.

He’s the guy who, just three and a half weeks after shooting Lewis, “accidentally” fired a gun through his kitchen floor and into his neighbor’s apartment. And, he’s also the guy who started a fight in a 7-Eleven store on May 16 that caused the guy he beat up to pull a gun and fire 17 rounds at him as he fled down a city street.

In other words, Buchanan appears to be a walking time bomb.

And while at first it makes no sense that Buchanan hasn’t been charged with anything regarding Lewis’ death, the “accidental” gun discharge and his most recent public fight, in another way it does.

It makes sense if Buchanan is an Albuquerque Police Department informant and is being protected by the cops – and maybe by cops in the Foothills Area Command. It’s one of the only things that can explain what hasn’t happened to Buchanan thus far.

Think about some of these things. On the night of Lewis’ shooting, Buchanan turned himself in to an APD officer in the park. While sitting in the back of the officer’s squad car, Buchanan asked the cop if a certain officer was on duty that night. Why would he ask that? Maybe because the cop was his handler and would run interference for him?

Those felony drug trafficking charges were pending against Buchanan when he shot Lewis last year. Would not Buchanan’s shooting and killing someone, even in self-defense, have been a violation of his conditions of release? It’s up to the cops to notify the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office if people violate their conditions of release. Did that happen? If not, why not?

District Attorney Kari Brandenburg’s office dropped the drug charges against Buchanan last year but later refiled them. Brandenburg’s office scheduled at least two, and possibly three, preliminary hearings to determine if there was probable cause to send Buchanan to trial. The hearings never occurred because – surprise – the cops assigned to the case didn’t show up for court. Was it a coincidence – or was it an attempt to protect Buchanan?

The cops showed up at Buchanan’s apartment when he “accidentally” fired his gun through his kitchen floor and into his neighbor’s apartment. They could have charged Buchanan with negligent use of a firearm. But they didn’t. And, the cops didn’t check the gun to see if just maybe it was the same one that killed Lewis. Why not?

And, getting back to Lewis’ death, Buchanan told police that he had thrown out or destroyed the gun he used that night. Isn’t that tampering with evidence?

Police interviewed Buchanan three times. He initially told them that he hadn’t brought a gun to the skate park the day of the shooting and that he hadn’t shot Lewis. But after being confronted with the video evidence captured on a bystander’s cell phone, he confessed and said it was in self-defense. The cops, it seems, didn’t mind that Buchanan had lied to them.

And during those interviews, some of the cops were pretty chummy with Buchanan. It seemed as if they were chatting with a pal, not someone facing murder charges.

And then there’s the May 16 deal where Buchanan walked into the 7-Eleven at 13601 Copper Ave. NE and started a fight with 36-year-old Miguel Ortega. Ortega, who was armed, whipped out his gun and wound up blasting away at Buchanan as he ran away – 17 shots in all. Apparently having a gun doesn’t mean you actually know how to use it.

Ortega was charged with aggravated assault and carrying a firearm into a liquor establishment. And Buchanan, who started the fight, wasn’t charged at all. Why not?

So, the questions for Chief Gorden Eden and Mayor Richard Berry are simple. Is Buchanan an APD informant? Why has APD been protecting him? Has APD been allowing him to run a drug operation at Los Altos Park?

Remember, guys, Buchanan is a time bomb. If more blood is spilled because of him, it’s on your hands. Time to come clean.

Dennis Domrzalski is an associate editor at ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Judith Pecho
    June 27, 2016, 12:16 am

    Is he related to
    Susan Buchanan, Realtor with Keller Williams. It is believed she is
    a supporter of Operation Rescue, #protestabq.com and Missionaties for life. All are groups that incite and
    Dr. Tillmans murdered came from Operation Rescue. Susan shoed the Shavers, Henry J and Tara Shavers
    into my house listed for sale. They refused to show me "staging" photos cause they have little staging furniture.
    They live off your donations. The other realtor was Tom Schmidt of Homes in Transition. What shady people. All of them. My home listed for sale with post cards of aborted fetuses, and three different senators they want targeted. They like to incite and stupid people who do not react to anything but abortion parts. They present no options and do not mention the men who have impregnating them giving them money for abortions. They set my house thinking I would not learn who is in my house. Homeland Security is watching these people so you don’t want to affiliate yourself with them. Donations pay their personal bills, and violate non profit organization use of donations. They have so many site each asking donations. All going to the Shavers.

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  • […] See our earlier coverage of Buchanan and his run-ins with the law here. […]

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  • […] Greg Buchanan, who has admitted to police that he was the Los Altos Skate Park shooter who killed 17-year-old Jaquise Lewis last year, is the star of this video. Buchanan, 24, is the man in the dark T-shirt who instigates a fight at 13601 Copper Ave. NE on May 16 that was captured on the store’s security cameras. The man in the white shirt is Miguel Ortega, 36. After the incident, Ortega was charged with aggravated assault and carrying a firearm into a liquor establishment. Buchanan wasn’t charged, although video surveillance footage clearly shows that Buchanan was the aggressor. The footage  shows Buchanan encountering Ortega in the 7-Eleven, shoving him, chasing him and tackling him outside, then beating him. Once free of Buchanan, the footage shows Ortega pulling a Glock pistol from his pocket and firing 17 shots at the fleeing Buchanan, as a terrified motorist pumping gas ducks for cover during the fusillade. The family of Lewis has argued that Buchanan has a special relationship with APD that has allowed him to avoid prosecution in the skate park shooting and in connection with other crimes. See our earlier coverage of Buchanan and his run-ins with the law here. […]

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