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Journal Story: Oversight Panel Backs Chair

From the story by Patrick Lohmann of the Journal, Oversight Panel Backs Chair

The Police Oversight Commission voted unanimously Thursday to support its chairwoman, who has been criticized in recent weeks for being a member of a police organization that opposes civilian review of law enforcement.

The commission’s decision did not sit well with some members of the audience, particularly after commissioners tried to limit public discussion on the topic. Commissioners said after their vote that discussion about a conflict of interest for POC chair Linda Martinez was, at that point, irrelevant.

Journal photo by Patrick Lohmann: Officers escort Andres Valdez, executive director of Vecinos United, from the Police Oversight Commission meeting Thursday.

Police use force to suppress comment at Police Oversight Commission

The Albuquerque Police Oversight Commission voted unanimously last night in support of chairperson Linda Martinez. But first, they re-arranged the agenda to prevent the public from speaking about Martinez’ involvement with the Fraternal Order of Police. When citizens protested, armed police officers were called and one man was ejected from the meeting.

Linda Martinez has sat on the Police Oversight Commission since 2008. She is also a national trustee and past president for the Fraternal Order of Police, a pro-cop advocacy group that specifically opposes citizen oversight of the police. This appearance of a conflict of interest was first reported by Police Complaints in October.

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Press Coverage on Investigator Trey Flynt's Website

We exposed the hateful, sexist website of a city employee who investigates citizen complaints against police officers. Here’s some of the media coverage our story received.

The screenshots shown in both newscasts were captured exclusively by Police Complaints before the website was taken offline.

Bambi Folk leaving the Police Oversight Commission

Bambi Folk has been a member of the Police Oversight Commission since 2007. At least in recent months, she has been an almost exclusively destructive presence on the commission, acting rudely to her fellow commissioners, refusing to review evidence in complaint cases, raising personal objections to motions before the board, and throwing bizarre temper tantrums.

She’s finally leaving. Councilor Brad Winter is seeking a candidate to replace Folk on the commission when her term expires this February.

See some of the complaints we have filed against Bambi Folk, which undoubtedly influenced Winter’s decision not to re-appoint her.

Please share this news with your friends and neighbors in city council district 4. A qualified commissioner can make a big difference for police accountability in Albuquerque.

Our official complaint about Trey Flynt's unprofessional behavior

Last week, we broke the story about city investigator Trey Flynt’s website, which publishes hateful jokes about rape, pedophilia and domestic abuse.

Below is the letter we sent to Trey’s supervisor, Independent Review Officer Robin Hammer.

The morning after we sent this email, Trey Flynt’s website was taken offline. Robin Hammer later confirmed that Flynt is under investigation.

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City Employees Prevent Citizens from Communicating with the POC

At last month’s meeting of the Albuquerque Police Oversight Commission, one of the commissioners complained when we made an announcement during public comments. All the commissioners (except one) were quite surprised when we told them that their colleague Linda Martinez is also active in the Fraternal Order of Police. Commissioner Shine asked why we didn’t tell them about it sooner instead of announcing unexpectedly it during public comments.

It sounds like a great idea. If we could have told them sooner, it might have enabled them to address the problem at that meeting, instead of postponing it to the next one. Certainly we’d have been happy to get the information to them sooner. But exactly how were we supposed to do that?

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Trey Flynt's Other Side Job: Website with Jokes about Rape and Domestic Abuse

Trey Flynt isn’t just a scam artist. He’s also an adolescent pig.

That’s the picture that emerges from a website Flynt has owned and operated since at least 2008, the Albuquerque Fantasy Football League. The site is ostensibly a sports fan site but it’s also filled with crude, soft-porn photos of skinny women in bikinis and thongs. is linked from the bottom of each page.

Note: The links to Trey Flynt’s website are no longer working. See the comments for info.

Like selling counterfeit merchandise, hosting a spank-ware site is a pretty disreputable side job for a city investigator. But things go from unprofessional to downright revolting in the ‘humor’ section. Flynt warns that “Some of it might be offensive (the best humor usually is),” but even that disclaimer couldn’t prepare us for the truly hateful, sexist jokes we found on Trey Flynt’s website.

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Citizens object to Trey Flynt investigating their complaints

We have several clients with pending complaints against APD officers. Three of those complaints have been assigned to investigator Trey Flynt. Our clients have all requested that a different investigator be assigned. If you have a CPC assigned to Trey Flynt, we recommend that you do the same. Here is the text of the objection we sent to IRO on behalf of our clients:

We showed our client the media coverage of Trey Flynt’s illegal counterfeit business and, as a result, our client does not want Mr Flynt investigating his complaint. Everyone in Albuquerque saw Mr Flynt lie on camera when he said he “didn’t know” whether his jerseys were real or fake. It was an outright lie. Granted, lying to a TV reporter hardly constitutes perjury, but it does say something about Mr Flynt’s honesty and integrity. We do not believe Mr Flynt can be trusted to conduct a fair and honest investigation. If you do not re-assign this complaint to another investigator, our client will likely appeal to the POC any finding he disagrees with at least partly on the grounds of Mr Flynt’s shaky credibility. Then the POC can discuss Mr Flynt’s integrity in a public, televised forum.

The Eye reports that Trey Flynt's supervisors knew about his illegal business

From the Eye on Albuquerque article, Albuquerque’s Independent Review Office has Another Problem:

As recently reported, Mr. Flynt was caught selling counterfeit NFL jerseys. But not only was he caught unlawfully doing this thanks to his self-promoting ads on Craigslist.com as a direct supplier where purchasers can “bypass middlemen” but he apparently did this on City time and on City property. You see Mr. Flynt sold to an undercover news crew! Given that as of this posting the city’s transparency site states that Mr. Flynt earns $25.40/hr and has year-to-date earnings of $46,736.00 we wonder what time he spent “investigating” was actually in furtherence of his on-line retail activities? Given Mr. Flynt committed these crimes while at work, it seems his timesheets should be subject to scrutiny to see if we taxpayers paid hiim while he was working outside the scope of his official duties!

Making matters worse, our Eyes have alerted us that Mr. Flynt’s activities were widely known on the APD’s 5th floor where he frequently gave jerseys of the favorite teams of department leaders and other personnel. Given it seems that it was widespread knowledge that Mr. Flynt was up to no good, why did Chief Schultz and former IRO Deaton permit this activity to continue? What did they know and when did they know it?

Emphasis added. Photo meme by The Eye on Albuquerque.

Trey Flynt bust casts doubt on honesty of Police Oversight investigations

Police Oversight investigator Trey Flynt has been busted selling fake merchandise out of the trunk of his car. Now he’s the subject of a federal investigation. Kim Holland at KRQE news broke the story:

Read the whole story at KRQE.

Is selling cheap knock-offs really such a big deal? Some might say the real crime is selling the real shirts for $300.

But it’s not about $300 jerseys. It’s about honesty and trust. How can Albuquerque citizens and cops trust Trey Flynt to investigate allegations of police misconduct honestly if he’s running a fraudulent side business? How can people trust the Independent Review Officer (IRO) and the Police Oversight Commission if a scam-artist is working for them?

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