Police Oversight Board Chair Beth Mohr said that the allegations and subsequent investigations could lead the board to ask APD Chief Gorden Eden and Assistant Chief Robert Huntsman to resign.
BY DENNIS DOMRZALSKI
The U.S. Department of Justice has launched an investigation into allegations that Albuquerque Police Department lapel camera videos have been altered or deleted.
Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Martinez confirmed the investigation, which had been sought by several people and organizations, including the Albuquerque Police Oversight Board.
“The Justice Department has received several requests seeking a federal criminal investigation into allegations that APD lapel camera videos may have been altered or deleted,” Martinez said in a written statement. “The Justice Department declines to comment further due to its ongoing investigation into this matter.”
The allegations of lapel video tampering were made last month by Reynaldo Chavez, the former records custodian for the Albuquerque Police Department. In a court affidavit, Chavez alleged that lapel cam videos had been altered in two officer-involved shooting cases.
The allegations led the POB to ask the State Police and the DOJ to investigate. POB Chair Beth Mohr said that the allegations and subsequent investigations could lead the board to ask APD Chief Gorden Eden and Assistant Chief Robert Huntsman to resign.
It’s wasn’t immediately clear how the DOJ’s investigation would affect the city’s effort to hire an outside firm to investigate the video tampering allegations. City Attorney Jessica Hernandez has told the City Council that she would hire an outside firm to investigate Chavez’s allegations.