Police Complaints: Pc News

Councilor says Police Oversight Commissioner will be Replaced

The city councilor who nominated a member of the Fraternal Order of Police to the Albuquerque Police Oversight Commission says he will replace her in February.

Ms [Linda] Martinez has been affiliated with the Fraternal Order of Police. She is a volunteer. And as far as I can tell, she’s served honorably. And her term is up in February and we’re going to find somebody else. And we’re going to try to find someone who is not, perhaps, with that direct affiliation. —City Councilor Don Harris

Harris’ remarks start at about 00:36:20 in the video below. Harris was replying to comments from Kenneth Ellis, who objected to allowing an FOP member to serve on the board that reviews police misconduct. Mr Ellis’ son was killed by APD officer Brett Lampiris-Tremba in 2010.

Please email Councilor Harris at and thank him for doing the right thing to restore credibility to the Police Oversight Commission. The Fraternal Order of Police has no business reviewing police misconduct.

Shooter cops and two others sued for force

An Albuquerque business man is suing four cops for roughing him up at his store. Two of the cops being sued have shot and killed citizens, and one has already been fired for it.

From KRQE News, Comic store owner suing APD for force:

A comic book shop owner is suing APD and four officers, a couple of whom have been at the center of controversy and big lawsuits, for allegedly roughing him up.

Jim Burleson, who used to own Tall Tale Comics in the Northeast Heights, said four men, Officers Brandon Carr, Bret Lampiris-Tremba, Luke Languit and Daniel Lopez, walked into his store in July 2010.

Burleson said the men asked to speak with him, so he escorted them to his office. Burleson said the men quickly started to become aggressive.

Burleson said when he ordered the four men out of his store, they attacked him.

POC Meeting, May 2012

Below, highlights from this meeting:

9 more paragraphs

APD Shooter Cops

Starting a comprehensive list of all the shooter cops in Albuquerque. This list is under development now. It is incomplete and may have inaccurate or incomplete info. Please contact us with any corrections and additions. Please consider volunteering to adopt one or more of these cops.

21 more paragraphs

Volunteer Opportunity: Adopt the shooter cops

Albuquerque police shot and killed another man this month. Between January 2010 and August 2011, they shot 20 people, 15 fatally. That’s a shooting per month.

Despite these terrifying numbers, there is no comprehensive list anywhere on the internet of all the victims and all the shooters. We’ve started work on a list of all the shooter cops but there still a lot of research to do. This is a big volunteer opportunity for someone committed to police accountability.

Is it you? We’re looking for someone to identify the shooter cops so we can add them to our list of shooter cops. Then we need someone to adopt some or all of the couple dozen shooter cops in Albuquerque, look up their complaint records, and regularly report them to us. We need this information so we can maintain up-to-date public profiles of every police officer who has shot a citizen, for whatever reason.

If you or someone you know might be interested in this important service, please contact us.

Shooter cop's record leads to lawsuit over APD hiring practices

From the Albuquerque Journal article, Lawsuit puts APD hiring on trial by Jeff Proctor

It took two attempts for Brett Lampiris-Tremba to become an Albuquerque police officer.

In 1992, he was unsuccessful even though he lied to APD screeners about whether he had ever smoked marijuana, according to court documents.

Five years later, he admitted to being untruthful in his response to the drug question in the 1992 interview, and Lampiris-Tremba became a cop, the court records state.

During his 14 years with APD, Lampiris-Tremba used an electronic stun gun on a man during a traffic stop but didn’t properly document the incident, fired four shots from his rifle at a suspect’s car, crashed his squad car three times and was twice disciplined for failing to report leave time, the court records state.

For those and other reasons, Lampiris-Tremba shouldn’t have been hired or kept on at the department, according to attorneys for the family of an Iraq war vet who Lampiris-Tremba fatally shot outside a Northeast Heights convenience store in January 2010.