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Albuquerque Journal continues its stance against police department

The Albuquerque Journal published a scathing editorial this week against the Albuquerque Police Department in the wake of last week’s controversial arrest of a news videographer.

The editorial, titled “Is it so hard for ADP to police its own?,” states that Albuquerque Po


The Albuquerque Journal published a scathing editorial this week against the Albuquerque Police Department in the wake of last week’s controversial arrest of a news videographer.

The editorial, titled “Is it so hard for ADP to police its own?,” states that Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz is “not taking this seriously enough”.

Schultz insists he cannot comment on the incident until an independent review officer has seen the video.

Guess what, Schultz? It doesn’t take a legal scholar to determine that Officer Daniel Guzman was way out of line in arresting KOB-TV videographer Rick Foley.

According to the editorial, Guzman makes a whopping $58,000 a year, which is an astronomical figure for a rookie cop in one of the nation’s poorest states.

If that figure is accurate, then the Albuquerque Police Department should be in a position to pick and choose the cream of the crop instead of the pig in the poke.

Below is an exert from the editorial:

This is what we’re forking over $58,000 a year for? An officer with a badge and a gun and a temperament that can’t handle a sarcastic comment from a law-abiding cameraman? What happens when a drunk gets belligerent and mouthy? When a criminal is truly dangerous?
Or when there’s no camera to record everything?

Last week, the Albuquerque Journal published an article saying that Officer Guzman “attacked” Foley without even using the word “allegedly”, which is pretty bold for a mainstream newspaper.

Here is the entire editorial. If the Albuquerque Journal requires you to give up your first born before it allows you to read the article as it sometimes does, just click the link below where I cut and paste the editorial.

Is It So Hard for APD To Police Its Own?

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video of a rookie Albuquerque Police Department officer lunging at a news photographer on a public street is worth at least an unpaid suspension and consideration of criminal charges.

KOB-TV cameraman Rick Foley was outside a police line early Thursday, covering an officer-involved shooting near Copper and Charleston NE. He says he asked officers repeatedly where to go for the official media briefing. His video shows that when he finally got an answer, he popped off to officer Daniel Guzman, “Was that so hard?” and asked for the officer’s name and badge number.

And that, apparently, was enough to earn Foley a hard shove and 90 minutes in handcuffs. Guzman claims Foley was “sticking his camera in my face,” but the video only shows Guzman pacing like a panther around Foley, then lunging at him.

KOB-TV news director Rhonda Aubrey says the station has been playing the video on its newscasts and Web site because “of the way our photographer was treated. He was out on a public street, he was not interfering with a police investigation, and he was not behind a police line. We are airing (the video) so people can draw their own conclusions.”

One conclusion is that APD isn’t taking this seriously enough. Chief Ray Schultz says he wants the city’s independent review officer to investigate the incident and “if the officer is wrong, we will clearly take responsibility for it and address it.”

As Foley’s camera lens shows Guzman coming at him, then is knocked to focus on the ground, bounced up to show the surrounding neighborhood, then again down to show pavement, here’s something APD can also address:

This is what we’re forking over $58,000 a year for? An officer with a badge and a gun and a temperament that can’t handle a sarcastic comment from a law-abiding cameraman? What happens when a drunk gets belligerent and mouthy? When a criminal is truly dangerous?

Or when there’s no camera to record everything?

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