What did APD Chief Gorden Eden know about APD's lies and when did he know it? Did officer Fred Duran lie on his own, or was he ordered to lie?
BY DENNIS DOMRZALSKI AND CHARLES ARASIM
The big questions now in the APD lying scandal are what did Police Chief Gorden Eden know and when did he know it?
Did officer Fred Duran lie on his own, or was he ordered to lie in order to protect the department?
Did Eden order him to lie?
An investigation into APD’s lying scandal by the Civilian Police Oversight Agency suggests that Eden knew in December of 2016 that no APD officer ever went to the home of 10-year-old Victoria Martens after someone had complained that her mother’s boyfriend had tried to kiss her.
In the video below, CPOA investigator Paul Skotchdopole details what his investigation found in regards to what Eden knew about the situation and when he knew it. Freelance journalist Charles Arasim attended the CPOA’s Case Review Committee on August 1 and recorded it. The video below was shot by Arasim.
Skotchdopole suggests that Eden was told in December that no APD officer responded to the referral about Martens from the state’s Children Youth and Families Department. Yet in January of this year, APD spokespeople Fred Duran, a sworn police officer, and civilian Celina Espinoza, told an Albuquerque Journal reporter that APD detectives had visited Martens’ home and found nothing amiss.
A few months after APD got the referral from CYFD, Victoria Martens was drugged, raped, murdered and dismembered.
The question now is why did Duran and Espinoza lie about it? Will anyone be fired? Were they ordered to lie? If so, who gave the order?
Espinoza told the CPOA investigator that she told Eden in late January that she had basically lied to the Journal’s reporter.
Why didn’t Eden order her to immediately call the reporter and correct the lie? Why did it take six weeks for APD to admit to its lie?
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