ABQ Police Union Gives Chamber Of Commerce “Most Out Of Touch With Its Community” Award
The union that represents Albuquerque police officers ripped the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce on Thursday for giving Mayor Richard Berry a public safety award, calling it a “blasphemous joke.”
The Albuquerque Police Officers Association also mocked the GACC by giving the organization, the “Most Out of Touch With Its Community” award.
“It’s laughable that the Albuquerque Chamber would choose to honor Mayor Berry in this way,” said APOA President Shaun Willoughby. “Crime has skyrocketed under his watch, and their own member businesses are constant victims of his mismanagement of our city’s public safety. It appears the Chamber is more interested in helping out their political buddy than being the true voice of our city’s business community.”
Willoughby further ripped the GACC by saying it has destroyed its credibility and let down its members by giving Berry the award.
“We are appalled. Not many things shock us – the shenanigans at City Hall, the budget, the failure to support law enforcement,” Willoughby said. “But that an organization that pretends to represent businesses destroys their credibility by giving the mayor an award for public safety is atrocious. I run into business people every day and they are plagued with crime, plagued with vandalism, plagued with break-ins.
“This problem falls directly at the mayor’s feet. He is directly responsible for the destruction of this great police department and he needs to be held accountable. Instead, they give him an award. It’s proof that everyone gets a participation award, including the mayor of Albuquerque.”
Stella Padilla, a former mayoral candidate who is still waging a court battle to get on the October 3 ballot, said the GACC needs to be disbanded and run out of town for giving Berry the award.
“I think the chamber should be replaced and eliminated and chased out of town,” Padilla said. “I wish someone would steal their cars, but they are safely tucked away and the police circle their neighborhoods.
“There is a method to their madness,” Padialla said. “Terri Cole [GACC CEO] is just another one of the boot-lickers and bottom feeders.”
The GACC is scheduled to give Berry his award at 5 p.m. today at the Albuquerque Museum.
ABQ Free Press has started a contest to see what award the GACC will give next and to whom.
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