Police Complaints: Pc News

Open Letter to City Councilor Brad Winter regarding Bambi Folk, his appointee to the POC

Brad Winter is the city councilor for Albuquerque District 4. He nominated Bambi Folk in 2007 to represent his district on the Albuquerque Police Oversight Commission. We believe Folk’s conduct on the commission has become increasingly unprofessional and obstructive. We sent Winter the following letter earlier this week asking him to look into the matter.

Councilor Winter,

I am very concerned about some of the behavior by your POC appointee Bambi Folk, which I witnessed at last week’s POC meeting. I found much of Ms Folk’s behavior to be unprofessional and to reflect poorly on the Commission, but I was especially disturbed and confused by one particular thing she did.

Commissioners were discussing the creation of a public outreach subcommittee and Folk expressed her disagreement with a good deal of visible annoyance. She ultimately voted against the formation of the committee. Of course, it is her right and duty to vote against any motion that she disagrees with. But it seemed very strange to me that she first volunteered to serve on the committee. Why would she volunteer to serve on a committee that she later voted against? It seemed to me that she knew the vote would go against her and the committee would be created, as indeed it was. I believe she volunteered to serve on the committee because she hopes to be able to subvert it as a member in case she couldn’t out-vote it as a commissioner.

You can see it all here:


Perhaps she has another explanation and she should be asked to give it. To me, though, her behavior has every appearance of being deliberately obstructive.

I hope you will look into this.

Sincerely yours,

Mike Moya

Another letter to Councilor Winter about Commissioner Bambi Folk

Police Oversight activist Charles Arasim sent us this letter, which he sent to Councilor Brad Winter and read aloud at last night’s City Council Meeting.

Councilor Winter,

I demand that you ask for the immediate resignation of your appointee, Ms. Bambi Folk from her position on the Police Oversight Commission.

Ms. Folk’s appalling on air display (currently video documented on the city’s website) at the October 11, 2012 POC meeting clearly revealed her contempt not only for her fellow volunteer commissioners, but also for fair appeal hearings and the constitutional protections due the citizenry at large. Her bullying of her fellow commissioners to approve unseen minutes from the previous month’s Commission meeting clearly demonstrated her lack of knowledge in matters that will become public record.

Additionally, her offer to volunteer as a member and then to later vote against the establishment of a proposed subcommittee, whose task would be to assist the newly hired IRO (Ms. Robin Hammer) in the development of materials for a POC Community Outreach Program, is an unmistakable example of her obstructive nature to the efforts of her fellow Commissioners who are diligently working to restore honor to the disgraceful shambles this Commission has become under her supervision as vice-chair.

Ms. Folk’s on the record statements and actions bear out her failure to her duty and stated mission of her office “to promote a spirit of accountability and communication between the citizens and the Albuquerque Police Department while improving community relations and enhancing public confidence”.

Simply put, the longer Ms. Folk remains on this legally binding Commission, the greater of a legal liability and embarrassment she becomes to not only the city of Albuquerque, but also to the taxpayers you have sworn to protect.

Respectfully Submitted,

Charles R. Arasim