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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.

New Independent Review Officer Confirmed

The Albuquerque City Council has confirmed Robin Hammer’s appointment to the position of Internal Review Officer. Hammer will be responsible for investigating all citizen complaints against local police officers.

During the confirmation proceedings, Hammer promised that, if confirmed, she would lead the Police Oversight Commission to take more proactive measures looking at trends and identifying improvements that can be proposed to the Albuquerque Police Department. She pointed out that the current ordinance permitted the Police Oversight Commission only to make recommendations, not mandate any specific discipline, but that it would be worthwhile to examine the ordinance itself to see if it could be improved.

Councilman Ken Sanchez expressed his concern that real change was needed in the entire police oversight process and asked Hammer to consider setting up a special meeting in the near future with the public and with all affected branches of government to plan out future goals and progress.