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Police open fire on a suspected car thief, striking her dead
By Shepard Ambellas
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (INTELLIHUB) — Officer Jeremy Dear of the Albuquerque Police Dept. was placed on administrative leave after shooting and killing a 19-year old suspected car thief who was said to have been “armed” with a small sidearm.
The teenagers death marks yet another notch on the Albuquerque Police Department’s post, drawing criticism from the U.S. Dept. of Justice and other Americans. The Albuquerque Police Dept. is known for the use of excessive force leading to the death of many individuals including a homeless man.
Cindy Carcamo reporting for the L.A. Times wrote:
The woman was the foster daughter of a retired judge, Danny Hawkes, according to a friend of hers, local news media and the Associated Press. Authorities refused to confirm that late Tuesday but set a news conference for Wednesday morning. Danny Hawkes could not be reached for comment.
Police Chief Gorden Eden Jr. made a televised statement after Monday’s shooting, saying the officer fired after Hawkes led police on a foot chase.
“The suspect stopped, turned and pointed a handgun at close range,” Eden said.
However, to no surprise, Chief Gorden Eden announced that the officer’s lapel camera did not manage to capture the event.
Moreover, the New York Times reported in a recent article titled Albuquerque Police Yet to Find Video of Shooting that other officers cameras may not have captured the event either, writing:
Chief Eden would not say whether cameras worn by other officers in the area had filmed the shooting.
“We do know that we do have some video,” he said. “We have not seen all the video.”
The controversy has drawn a lot of attention lately, not only from citizens and the media, but from government officials as well. In fact, recently the mayor chimed in on the matter, saying that police reform is necessary and obtainable.
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