"Chief Eden is not doing his job, and he must go." — Mayoral candidate Ricardo Chaves
Albuquerque mayoral candidate Ricardo Chaves on Tuesday called for the immediate firing of Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden, saying Eden has “shown a consistent pattern of poor leadership.”
Chaves also said that APD should have completed its reform effort by now and that the department is being poorly managed.
“Today, I’m calling on Mayor R.J. Berry to immediately fire Police Chief Gordon Eden and replace him with an interim chief until I take office in December. Chief Eden is not doing his job, and he must go,” Chaves said in a news release. “A police chief that goes out of state to learn how to fight crime isn’t worth keeping.”
Eden, who became chief in February 2014, has faced extreme criticism for APD’s failure to come into compliance with its settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice. On Aug. 18, the independent monitor in the case, James Ginger, filed another report that said APD’s command staff hasn’t done its job in the reform effort.
In past reports, Ginger has ripped APD’s command staff for being in “deliberate noncompliance” with portions of the settlement agreement. On Aug. 2, mayoral candidate Michelle Garcia Holmes called on Eden to resign.
Here’s the full text of Chaves’ news release:
Today, I’m calling on Mayor R.J. Berry to immediately fire Police Chief Gordon Eden and replace him with an interim chief until I take office in December. Chief Eden is not doing his job, and he must go.
A police chief that goes out of state to learn how to fight crime isn’t worth keeping, and he has shown a consistent pattern of poor leadership.
The Department of Justice is here because the police department is being poorly managed.
The DOJ investigation should be very easy, and should be finished by now. They’re asking for compliance and the department needs to address the issues they’ve raised.
Shooting incidents happen without using all other methods of handling the situation, there have been civil rights violations leading to $60 million in lawsuit settlements, and failure to investigate crimes effectively. These are just some of these serious issues.
We are facing a crisis of leadership and training in Chief Eden’s police department.
The Victoria Martens case is an example of his failure as a chief. He apparently knew for months that his communications officers had lied about the department’s failure to investigate her abuse.
He allowed a civilian within the department to decide not to investigate the alleged abuse of Victoria by her mother’s boyfriend, even after the state recommended an investigation.
He has presided over a department without specific policies for handling such investigations.
We cannot wait for the end of Mayor Berry’s administration, when I will definitely replace Eden as chief.
When I take office, I will conduct a nationwide search for a chief with a proven history of turning around police departments.
We cannot wait for someone else to be killed before we take action. We cannot wait for another young girl like Victoria Martens to lose her life.
We cannot wait for more lies to come from the APD’s communications office.
We cannot wait for another failure to investigate a major crime.
We cannot wait for our crime to spiral even further out of control.
We cannot wait for another 911 caller to be hung up on, potentially endangering lives.
We cannot wait for a dysfunctional police department to scare away even more officers from serving our community.
We must demand action now from Mayor Berry, and begin the process of fixing and healing our police department, by holding Chief Eden accountable for the department’s failures.
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