Police Complaints: Pc News

Does the Police Union contract really require hiding info from the POC?

Investigators reporting to the Albuquerque Police Oversight Commission deliver only summaries of their investigations and commissioners have recently complained about these inadequate summaries. The reports also omit the names of police officers accused of misconduct, as well as any information about the discipline meted out to officers who violated the APD Standard Operating Procedures.

Even though names and discipline are public records, the City claims that their contract with the police union requires them to withhold this information from the Commission.

Are they right?

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Police Oversight Commission in turmoil — finally!

Meetings of the Albuquerque Police Oversight Commission are usually very smooth and orderly. Sure, every meeting starts with victims of police misconduct speaking out in pain and outrage, but that part is over quickly and just as quickly forgotten while the commissioners rush through their typical routine of rubber-stamping exoneration letters.

The city employees who are paid to investigate complaints against other city employees needn’t fear any difficult or probing questions from the commissioners, so they turn in vague, cursory reports, short on details and censored to eliminate officer names, disciplinary action, and other publicly available information that might embarrass the police union. Investigators insinuate that citizen complainants are attention-seeking trouble-makers, and everyone present treats the proceedings as an empty ritual, required by red tape but accomplishing nothing, to be run through as quickly and quietly as possible.

It’s a neat and well-rehearsed little farce. And all it takes is one man taking his duties seriously to screw it all up for everyone else. Recently-appointed Commissioner Jonathan Siegel made the radical move at last week’s meeting of listening and asking questions. It really shook things up.

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