This is a link to a front-page Albuquerque Journal story that is an example that you never make promises in politics you do not intend to keep hoping the press will forget.
The story involves the child abuse case brought against two adults alleging crimes against their 7-year-old for prostitution, human trafficking, and criminal sexual contact of a minor.
The case is being prosecuted by the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office.
This is the case where the bloody underwear of a 7 year old girl was not collected and tag into evidence by APD.
Initially Chief Gieir and Mayor Tim Keller said APD policy was followed.
The Attorney General Office is now saying it was left in the dark during a police internal affairs investigation into the child abuse case, potentially affecting the prosecution of the defendant charged with forcing the 7-year-old girl to work as a prostitute.
The New Mexico Attorney General’s office has notified by letter Albuquerque City Attorney Esteban Aguilar that strict discovery deadlines in the 2nd Judicial District Court could be affected by the Albuquerque Police Department’s interviews with witnesses in the case and the failure to provide the defense with the transcripts.
The Attorney General’s in May asked that it be included if police interviewed the witnesses during the internal affairs investigation.
The only communication between the city and the AG’s office about the internal affairs investigation was Wednesday of last week in a letter in which the AG’s office questioned why it wasn’t notified that the internal affairs investigation had been finished.
APD Chief Michael Geier disciplined five officers after reviewing investigations by the Civilian Police Oversight Agency (CPOA) and APD’s Internal Affairs Bureau.
Last summer, Mayor Tim Keller backtracked big time on his assertion that APD policy had been followed, order an APD Internal Affairs Investigation, met with the Journal editors and announced new policy changes with the handling of evidence in child abuse cases.
Keller promised that the internal affairs investigation would be publicly released after it was completed.
It never was.
Last week, the Journal asked the city for a copy of the internal affairs investigation that led to the disciplinary action.
An APD police spokesman said the city was waiting on guidance from the Attorney General’s Office about whether the investigation could be released, even though APD proceeded with interviews without telling the Attorney General’s office.
These are the very type of stories that tend to destroy the credibility of APD and Mayor Tim Keller’s promise to be transparent.
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