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Volunteer Opportunity: Investigate Public Records on Excessive Force

Police Complaints is seeking a volunteer to sort through public records and videos documenting use-of-force incidents by the Albuquerque Police Department.

We have received public records that cover just a two-month period in a single command area of the APD. So far, we have about 120 pages and several dozen video and audio recordings taken from officer belt tapes and lapel cameras. The reported incidents include taser discharges, blunt-force applications, take-downs and other uses of lethal and less-than-lethal force.

We are looking for a volunteer investigator to sort through the records, summarize them and help us prioritize them for second-level investigation. We’re looking for someone with the following skills:

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Shooting Of Mentally Disabled Man Spurs Lawsuit

From the Journal story by Jeff Proctor, Shooting Of Mentally Disabled Man Spurs Lawsuit

Hilda Valdez called 911 in November 2010, hoping Albuquerque police officers could help calm down her mentally disabled brother-in-law, who had been drinking and was threatening to harm himself with a knife.

It’s a decision she says she regrets.

Within a few minutes of officers arriving, Russell Tenorio had been shot in his home by APD officer Brian Pitzer, who had announced before entering the residence that he was “going lethal.” Immediately after the bullet struck Tenorio, he was Tasered by officer Doug Moore.

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Albuquerque man choked and handcuffed for filming an arrest

A City of Albuquerque security guard attacked and beat a man for filming him. And it’s all on tape in this exclusive story from Police Complaints.

Andy Fitzgerald works out of the Alvarado Transportation Center, downtown Albuquerque’s main bus and train station. He’s not a police officer, just a city-employed security guard. Last August, he arrested a man who, he says, was intoxicated. When another man began filming the arrest, things got ugly.

Police Complaints interviewed the second man and obtained the video footage he captured with his smart phone. He says he was just a bystander and doesn’t even know the man Fitzgerald had arrested. But when he walked to this bus stop after work, something looked suspicious, so he started filming it.

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Exclusive Video: City Employee Attacks Man with Video Camera

Tune in Tuesday for another exclusive story from Police Complaints.

Is it legal to video-record city employees? A city security guard attacks a man for filming him. And an Albuquerque police officer tries to cover it up. An exclusive report this Tuesday at www.policecomplaints.info

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Officer Chris Webb accused of tasering a 10-year-old boy to teach him a lesson

According to Facebook, this is a photograph of a Chris Webb who lives in Tularosa, New Mexico. We are awaiting confirmation whether this is the same Chris Webb who is a Tularosa cop accused of tasering a 10-year-old boy in May 2012.

From the story by Courthouse News Services:

A New Mexico policeman Tasered a 10-year-old child on a playground because the boy refused to clean his patrol car, the boy claims in court.

Guardian ad litem Rachel Higgins sued the New Mexico Department of Public Safety and Motor Transportation Police Officer Chris Webb on behalf of the child, in Santa Fe County Court.

Higgins claims Webb used his Taser on the boy, R.D., during a May 4 “career day” visit to Tularosa New Mexico Intermediate School.

“Defendant Webb asked the boy, R.D., in a group of boys, who would like to clean his patrol unit,” the complaint states. “A number of boys said that they would. R.D., joking, said that he did not want to clean the patrol unit.

“Defendant Webb responded by pointing his Taser at R.D. and saying, ‘Let me show you what happens to people who do not listen to the police.’”

For the latest info about this police misconduct lawsuit, see the complete Case History.

Andrew Hsu's lapel cam shows him trying to pick a fight with a handcuffed man

KOB News obtained the video from APD Officer Andrew Hsu’s lapel camera which recorded the events leading up to Hsu’s recent beating of a citizen in downtown Albuquerque.

From the KOB New story, Officer heard cussing at suspect in lapel cam video:

As Officer Hsu walks up to the fight that had just been broken up, you can hear him say, “Hey police mother [expletive].”

As Hsu detains one of the suspects the officer’s cussing continues. “Why the [expletive] didn’t you listen to us?”

As Officer Hsu goes to pat him down and arrest him you can hear him say, “Spread ‘em [expletive].”

From the time Officer Hsu walks up to the scene he doesn’t miss a chance to cuss. “[Expletive] ruining our [expletive] night. All the [expletive] time you [expletive] do this.”

The news story emphasizes Hsu’s unrestrained and threatening cussing, which is certainly childish and unprofessional, but probably more disturbing is that Hsu apparently attempted to pick a fight with a citizen.

It appears while the suspect was in handcuffs being taken to the squad car, Officer Hsu challenges the suspect to a fight by saying, “You want to scrap? Come on.”

The fact that Hsu was taunting a man in handcuffs says a lot about Hsu’s courage.

Unedited video of Officer Andrew Hsu punching a law-abiding citizen

We can see pretty clearly what happened. Bernard said something like, “Hey, why are you grabbing my girl like that?” and next thing we see is Hsu trying, pretty ineffectively, to throw him to the ground. We do not hear Hsu give any spoken order. Bernard reacts, probably instinctively, to having some guy swinging him around by his arm. Then Hsu decides he’s a boxer, not a wrestler, and starts throwing punches. Officer Hsu, how can you charge a guy with refusing to obey an order when you never give an order for him to obey?

See the latest news about Andrew Hsu or see Officer Hsu’s Police Complaints Profile

Citizen video leads to investigation of excessive force

From KOB

Albuquerque Police Department is opening an internal investigation after a video seen on YouTube shows an officer trying to detain a young man downtown.

Some might say the officer appears to be using excessive force.

A bystander caught cell phone video when a fight broke out on Central Avenue Friday night.

The video clearly shows an APD Officer Andrew Hsu punching and trying to detain Jayson Bernard.