The father of Jordan Edwards, the fifteen-year-old victim of a recent police shooting, filed suit this week in federal court alleging excessive force by Balch Springs police officer, Roy Oliver, and inadequate training and oversight by Oliver's employers at the city. The allegations are infuriating.
KOB4 ran a story highlighting sworn statements by APD's former records custodian manager Reynaldo Chavez. During a newly released deposition, Mr. Chavez disclosed that it is possible to alter APD lapel camera footage through the creation of an "orphan" video clip which is later substituted for and made to look like the original "parent" clip. These alterations can include inserting objects, such as a gun into lapel footage.
The shooting of Mary S. Hawkes is profiled in an article by The Washington Post. Through the facts of Mary's case, the article illuminates the broader problems with the use of department-issued body cameras in police departments across the country. Read more at this link.
Former City of Albuquerque records custodian Reynaldo Chavez recently swore in an affidavit that city officials were instructed to delete and alter body camera and surveillance videos-including videos involving the high profile police killings of Mary Hawkes and Jeremy Robertson. Kennedy Kennedy & Ives represents both families in lawsuits against the City.
Al Jazeera follows the Albuquerque Police Department's (APD) 40-year history of police misconduct and department corruption. Recent events are the Department of Justice findings against the APD, victims' stories (including that of Kenneth Ellis III represented by Shannon Kennedy and Joseph Kennedy), and police officers who spoke out and were retaliated against. This article focuses on the APD, but provides a lens for a larger understanding of how class and race issues are intertwined with history of police misconduct. Read the full article here: Albuquerque PD: a case study of police brutality.
In an era of civil unrest and protest over police brutality, many are calling into question the validity of body cameras worn by policemen. Initially, the cameras were meant to prevent police from performing unnecessary violence, however the history of police body cams has revealed that the devices have often had the opposite effect. Read the full article here.
The Legal Team at Kennedy, Kennedy & Ives remains humbled by the bravery of our client, Dianna Guerrero, who stepped forward to share her story of sexual assault by a police officer when she was an high school intern with the Las Cruces Police Department. Dianna's nightmare of betrayal is one of many from across the country covered by investigative journalists Matt Sedensky and Nomaan Merchant in the AP's three-part story: Betrayed By The Badge.