Updates: 01/31/2018 Robinson, Vasshawn OFC-HOB discrimination lawsuit;  01/21/2018 Warman, Brandt-TAOS added; 01/16/2018 Wilson, Oliver added Santa Fe New Mexican 2014/04/30; 01/20/2018-Vigil, Robert-TAOS added; 01/15/2018 Wilson, Oliver NMSP SNTA FE  (shot J. Anaya)NM In Depth-2016/03/23; Santa Fe New Mexican 1/09/2018 Schultz, Ray NM Political Report-2015/04/30, NM In Depth-2017/03/24, 2016/01/14; 01/08/2018  Sandy, Keith 5 Articles added-Albq Jrnl, Public Hlth-10/13/2016, KRQE; Palombi, Valerie added, krqe- 2016/07/01; 01/07/2018 Salazar, Martin VEG find a case-2011; ODonnell, Kent 2 GPO filings 2006, 2009;  12/26/2017 Oskins, Chris added to list along with two links. 12/15/2017 Gigante, Brandon; 11/27/2017 Page 3 started - earlier updates: _(Odonnell-02-17-2017); (Porter, R; Pestak, Noah 02/20/2017); _updates_ 11/24/2017 Simpson, Dwayne. (Scott, Carroll- 02/20/2017)(Salazar, Martin; Sandoval, Vidal-02/22/2017); (Rodriguez, Robert update-02/20/2017)(Ramsdale, Rick-Reynolds, Ed-02/21/2017)(Rodella Jr., Thomas_02/26/2017); 11/05/2017 Threlkeld, Eric/on domestic violence issues/reforms; 11/05/2017-vigil, matthew/espanola/child abuse. 02/20/2017- cruz, zavala. 02/21/2017-Varela, Javier-02. Valencia, Jose-02/23/2017; utley02_17-18_2017; _updates_11/26/2017 Wilson, Dusty; Wallace ,Edmund added to list New Mexico Police Abuse/Names O TO Z (page 4 of 4) Page 1 A to C     Page 2 D to K     Page 3 L to N See also:  Victim Incidents/Cases     Police - Blue Lives Matter     Locations by City and Names A to Z Indexes Code Key (separate page)    Example of Code Layout: Template: 1-city/2-rank of officer/3-problem(s)/4-*NAME* famous or well known case as last name of victim 1-SIL/2-OFC-LCSHO/3-FORCE/4-*BRYAN*  Means: 1-Silver City, New Mexico   2-Officer of Lea County Sheriff’s Office     3- Problem is that he used excessive force  4- name of victim in a famous or well known case is Bryan Index of Names O to Z (Summaries are below index) O    O’Donnell, Kent 1-FMN /3-SEX-GLT NO-CHRG DRP     O'Neil, Craig 1-ALBQ     Orosco, Bobby 1-DEM/2-OFC/3-FORCE4-*ECKERT*     Orr, Cynthia     Ortega, Anthony 1-RSA     Oskins, Chris 1-QUES     Owens, David 1-ALBQ /2-LT CORRECTIONS /3-HELPED PRISONERS   P   Palombi, Valerie 1-ROS /2-OFC  /3-FIRED-GUN PT ROBBERY-HIST     Perez, Dominique 1-ALBQ     Pestak, Noah 1-T or C     Polisar, Joseph 1-ALBQ     Porter, Rodney 1-HOB   R   Ramsdale, Rick 1-ALGRDO/3-DRUG     Reynolds, Ed 1-SIL    Robinson, Vasshawn 1-HOB /2-OFC HPD /3 SUIT- DISCRIM  Rodella Jr., Thomas 1-ESP   Rodriguez, Robert 1-DEM /2-DEP /3-FORCE/4-*ECKERT*     Romero, Robert 1-ALBQ /2-DET /4- *DANIELS*      Rupp, Christopher 1-RUID DWNS /2-ex-CHF /3-FIRED      S  Salazar, Keith 1-FMN /2-DRG-RNG     Salazar, Martin 1-VEG    Salcido, Danny 1-CRUC     Sanchez, Allen 1-CARL   Sanchez 1-GAL Sandoval, Vidal  1-CIM /2-SHF DEP  COLFAX CNTY with ex-SPRNGR CHF Leon Herrera  /3-FLEECING-INDICT-THEFT GOVT PROP-DRG Sandy, Keith  1-ALBQ 2-OFC APD / 3-SHT-KLL-SUIT-REINST /4-*BOYD*  Schultz, Ray 1-ALBQ /2-ex-CHF APD 2005-2013/3-TASER CONTRACT ISSUE, BECAME ASST CHF TEXAS     Scott, Carroll 1-BLM/3-DOM     Sena, Lucas 1-SNTA FE     Shirley, Jake 1-LOV- 3/SHT KLL FATHER     Sholtis, Tom 1-ALBQ 3-SUIT     Simpson, Dwayne 1-FMN 3-SHOT KILL SUSPECT     Solano, Greg 1-SNTA FE /2-ex-SHF     Stepp, Jennifer 1-ALBQ     Stinnett, Alfred Clyde 1-RUID /3-FORCE-TAMPER-OBSTR EVID     Stout, Glen 1-ALBQ /2-SGT /3-SHT    T  Tarango, Jr, Danny 1-FMN 2- NOT OFFICER, linked to police 3-DRG RNG     Taylor, Misty 1-FMN 3-WATCHED BEATING   Terrell, Joshua  1-JAL /2-OFC /3-FIRED    Threlkeld, Eric K. 1-CARLS  /3-INFO-HAS CONCERNS ON DOM VIOL     Torres, James 1-ALBQ    U  Utley, Shane  1-FMN /2CPT  /3-USING SHF OFFICE AMMUNITION   V   Valencia, Jose 1-SNTA FE     Valtierra, Robert 1-ALBQ /4-*KLUNCK*     Varela, Javier 1-SOC    Vega, Angela 1-COL      Vigil, Isaac 1-TUC /2-OFC /3-DOM     Vigil, Matthew 1-ESP /2-CHF /3-DOM-CHLD-INTIMID-FEL  Vigil, Robert 1-ESP, previously CUB   3-MULT-HIST W   Wallace, Edmund 1-HOB /2-SHF DEP     Wallace Marianne 1-ALBQ/4-*Arquette*  Warman, Brandt 1-TAOS 2-OFC incident with Sgt. Janis Davis 3-FORCE Webb, Chris 1-TUL /2-OFC /3-TASER 10 YR OLD-SUIT     Welles, Robert 1-ALMGRDO    Wilson, Dusty 1- HOB /2-ex-OFC  HOB APD and wife /3-SEX-CHLD     Wilson, Oliver   1-SNTA FE /2-OFC NMSP /3- SHT-KLL-STOP-CHASE-SUIT-SETTLE-NO INDICT-POSSIBLE COVERUPS /4-*ANAYA* Z   Zapater, Blanca 1-ALBQ     Zavala, Cruz 1- ROS   O   thegoldenrivernet-systemabuse-policeabuse-newmexico-policenames O’Donnell, Kent  (2011) Farmington.  FARMINGTON — A Farmington police sergeant is accused of raping a Farmington woman.  Chief Kyle Westall restricted Sgt. Kent O’Donnell to administrative duties after O’Donnell reported to his superiors Sept. 18 that he was under a criminal investigation looking into the rape charges.  The allegations of sexual assault surfaced Sept. 17 after the alleged victim filed an emergency restraining order against O’Donnell.  The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office immediately opened an investigation, Sheriff’s spokeswoman Beth Utley said. the Farmington Daily Times story from Jul 16, 2012, titled Farmington Police officer avoids charges. In it, Farmington Daily Times reports that:Charges against the Farmington police sergeant accused of sexually assaulting an area woman will not be filed, the district attorney in charge of the case announced. 2011/09/28-- filed 2006/12/28-- filed 2009/04/29-- O'Neil, Craig (04/7/2002) Albuquerque From Real Crimes: APD Officer Craig O'Neil, a seven-year veteran who worked as a field investigator, was booked into the Bernalillo Detention Center on charges of aggravated assault with a firearm and false imprisonment. Orosco, Bobby (2013) Deming.  Probing incident in connection with David Eckert case. Huffington Post Orr, Cynthia  3/19/05:  Albuquerque. APD Sgt. Cynthia Orr gave a media interview, starting out, “This is probably going to end my career.” Orr said Chief Gilbert Gallegos failed to act despite repeated warnings of evidence theft.  Orr said that, in Aug. 2003, she identified two people who were stealing in the evidence room, but Gallegos allowed them to continue to work there, which enabled them to destroy evidence that would have proven their guilt. She said she discovered thefts when property went to auction and the list of property taken out of the evidence room was longer than the list of property the auctioneer received.  "Am I implicating the chief is assisting to do this cover-up? Absolutely. Do I know this is a dangerous accusation to make? Absolutely. But I know this is something that needs to be done."  Orr said  a deputy chief forbade her to send reports of missing evidence to the records department, because they didn’t want it to become public record that things were missing. She said officers under criminal investigations for such things as DUI or domestic violence were allowed to work in the evidence room where they could oversee the evidence in their own criminal cases. Ortega, Anthony  (06/11/2002) Santa Rosa. From Real Crimes: “6/11/02 Troy Pino’s Suspicious death (Santa Rosa PD): The first officer at the scene was Lucero’s nephew, Officer Justin Anaya.  The second to arrive was Officer Anthony Ortega.  Neither officer was certified.  Although Troy was calling out for help, the officers made no attempt to stop the assault.  Instead, Officer Anaya, sprayed him in the face with mace.”  Real Crimes: Oskins, Chris (2000) Questa. Owens, David (07/4/1987) Albuquerque.  Lt. Corrections. APD.  “Convicted APD Officer Robert Earl Davis and four other men escaped from Santa Fe Prison. Davis later stated that Corrections Officer Lt. David Owens smuggled in a gun to help with the escape.”  From Real Crimes P   thegoldenrivernet-systemabuse-policeabuse-newmexico-policenames Palombi, Valerie   Roswell. Officer. Roswell Police Department. 24-year-old Valerie Palombi was fired from the Roswell Police Department early 2016 after another violent incident.  Police say surveillance video shows her and 24-year-old Kevin Blake robbing the Subway restaurant on North Main Street Tuesday night.  Officers say Blake pulled a gun on employees while Palombi cleaned out the register. The pair was arrested Thursday night at a trailer park.  Palombi was a Roswell Police Officer for two years. She was fired back in January, just weeks after a police standoff.Officer say she started shooting outside her house while threatening suicide. 2016/07/02-- 2017/02/27-- Perez, Dominique. Albuquerque.  Officer.  In connection with James Boyd. Public Health NM Pestak, Noah.  (2012) Truth or Consequences. Excerpt from RD News 2012: A 29-year-old man accused of impregnating a 15-year-old girl while he was a Truth or Consequences police officer has been charged with statutory rape of a minor, even though he later married [auth] the girl.T  he Albuquerque Journal reports ( that Noah Pestak turned himself in Friday after State Police obtained an arrest warrant. He was charged with criminal sexual penetration of a minor, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and attempting to tamper with evidence.  He was released from the Sierra County Detention Center later Friday after posting a $25,000 cash-only bond. Polisar, Joseph. (1980s) Albuquerque.  Officer. From Real Crimes: (Later became APD Police Chief.)   “The APD Intelligence Unit, under the supervision of Sgt. Joseph Polisar, was accused of illegally creating and maintaining secret dossiers on innocent political figures.  The only possible use for such dossiers would be to exert influence and pressure on those politicians. When the existence of the dossiers became known, they were burned to prevent their inspection.  Sgt. Polisar was subsequently elevated to Chief of Police” 10/1/87: Former Chief Justice William Riordan, the City’s first independent councilor, found that the APD Intelligence Unit, under the supervision of APD Sgt. Joseph Polisar, had been secretly stockpiling information on local residents not suspected of wrong doing.  (The Unit was supposed to be gathering intelligence on motorcycle gangs, organized crime, terrorists and other criminal activity.) …7/5/94: APD Joseph Polisar, (supervisor of the APD Intelligence Unit when police burned the controversial Intelligence Files), was appointed Police Chief.   Real Crimes:  See also Kaitarquette Porter, Rodney. (2005)  Hobbs. Excerpt from Brown Watch:  Arresting Officer has a History of Police Brutality Claims Against him (01/03/2005) One of the arresting officers, Detective Rodney Porter is no stranger to police brutality or racial discrimination claims. On August 24, 2004 a court awarded Jimmie Marshall, a 58 year old Black man $580,000 for police brutality claims he brought against Porter and the  City of Hobbs. Specifically, Porter took a blood sample from him without his permission and without a warrant following a Dec. 26, 1996, traffic stop. Marshall claimed Porter only tried to stop him after determining Marshall was black and then used a racial slur during the arrest -- a claim Porter denied. The jury awarded Marshall $390,000 in compensatory and punitive damages for Porter's actions (the remainder was for the liability of another officer's actions).[more] watch/2005/1/3/hobbs-police-beat-down-another-black-man-cop-with-racist-brutality-past-is-the-arresting-officer.html R   thegoldenrivernet-systemabuse-policeabuse-newmexico-policenames Ramsdale, Rick. (2009) ALGRDO  Narcotics agent. DPS-Dept Public Safety. Caught by other police officers.  Excerpt Abq Journal, By Staff, 03/24/2009):  Alamogordo police officer arrested on trafficking charges after release from hospital Saturday.  A 46-year-old undercover narcotics officer with the Alamogordo Department of Public Safety was arrested Saturday on charges of drug trafficking after New Mexico State Police searched his home and found 1.3 pounds of cocaine, the Alamogordo Daily News reported.  From Holloman Underground Blog Site: Ramsdale started working as an undercover narcotics officer five weeks ago. He has worked as a patrol officer at ADPS for one year. He was an Otero County Sheriff's Department deputy for five years prior to working at ADPS. Reynolds, Ed. (2016) Silver City. Police Chief.  Excerpt KOB. By Chris Ramirez (11/15/2016):  “Nikki was not just one woman up against one man,” Schauer Ives said.  “She was one woman up against an entire police department.”  …Reynolds did place Contreras on administrative leave and took away his gun and badge, but did not arrest him or take any additional steps to protect Nikki. nikki-bascom-mark-contreras/4318951/ Robinson, Vasshawn (2017) Hobbs  Officer-HPD Lawsuit discrimination 2017/10/11-- Rodella Jr., Thomas.  (03/11/2014 - Incident).  Espanola.  High speed chase, roughing up, son in car, not wearing police uniform, etc. Excerpt from KRQE.  By Hawa Konte. 09/27/2014):  Jury finds Sheriff Rodella guilty on two counts… Count 1 of the Indictment charged Sheriff Rodella with violating the victim’s civil rights by subjecting him to an unreasonable seizure while acting under color of law.  Count 2 charged the Sheriff with brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. 2014/09/26-- Rodriguez, Robert(2014) Deming. Hidalgo County. Sheriff Officer.  Listed in lawsuit.  Excerpt from Watchdog 2014/06/10: Six months after NM cavity search case, half the cops still on job…Hidalgo County officials would not disclose whether any of their officers were disciplined, claiming that such information doesn’t have to be disclosed because “they are considered matters of opinion in personnel files.”  2014/06/10-- filed 2013/10/11-- complaint Romero, Robert. (1986) Albuquerque.  Lead detective in association with Linda Daniels (1986) murder case.  Excerpt from True Crime Diva-2012/07/02: Lead detective Robert Romero feared the media coverage might have scared off the suspects. 2012/07/02-- Rupp, Christopher Ruidoso Downs. Ex-Chief.  Fired. 2016/09/28-- S   thegoldenrivernet-systemabuse-policeabuse-newmexico-policenames Salazar, Keith. (12/07/2007) Farmington.  New Mexico State Police Officer. 12/7/07 10 pm: Cops charged in drug case.  From Stop the Drug War: “Federal agents today took down two former law officers accused of using insider information to form a large drug ring. Tonight former San Juan County sheriff's Deputy Levi Countryman and former New Mexico State Police Officer Keith Salazar are locked up.  According to a federal indictment, Salazar is the key person in the case.” See also Borderland Beat Salazar, Martin.  (2009) Las Vegas, NM.  Although cleared at time of striking a woman Bernadette Varela being put in prison, DA’ Richard Flores’ approach to case seems suspicious. Jailers were witnesses to the abuse.  This case should probably be looked into in more detail. 2011-- Salcido, Danny. (2014-2015)  Las Cruces.  Excerpt From Cop Block (03/09/2015): Las Cruces man threatens to sue city for $12.5M over police brutalityThe video clearly shows Las Cruces police officers – Danny Salcido and Richard Garcia – rushing into Flynn’s holding cell and attacking him. The Lahann Law Firm representing Flynn say that Salcido and Garcia beat their client so  badly he sustained multiple injuries including a fractured skull, a brain hemorrhage, broken ribs and multiple contusions. Flynn’s attorneys filed a 12 million dollar lawsuit on Thursday (March 6th) against the city and several officers involved. Another Deadlocked Jury/Mistrial in New Mexico: (07/01/2016) http://www.lcsun- Sanchez, (first name?) (2001) Gallup. False arrest issue of Emily Ellison. $50,000 settlement.  See also Byers. Sanchez, Allen. (2015) Carlsbad. Excerpt from KRQE (Cheyenne Cope, 09/08/2015): He believes violence against police is getting worse, pointing to the 24 law enforcement officers who have been shot to death in the U.S. just this year. One being the ambush of Deputy Darren Goforth in Houston who was pumping gas at the time.  “And the guy comes up behind him and just starts shooting him, even while he’s down just keeps shooting rounds at his body and there’s just no need for that you know,” said Sanchez. Detective Allen Sanchez is a long-time veteran at the Carlsbad Police Department…Detective Sanchez has been with the Carlsbad Police Department for 15 years. He says when he first joined the force he only knew one officer who had ever been involved in a shooting.After a string of deadly ambushes on police officers around the country, a New Mexico police officer is taking to Facebook to let everyone know what it’s like to be a cop…It just bothered me just to see that people would target us because they have an opinion of us and they lump us all together and I just don’t think it’s right,” said Sanchez.He ended his post by asking the bad guys to give officers a break and to stop taking the lives of his brother and sisters.He adds, “If you need a friend or an ear, even a sincere embrace, i’m here for you. Talk to me. Before you make the choice to take one of us out of spite. I love you. Let me prove it to you. Let’s stop all this nonsense.”  Detective Sanchez says the post has gotten quite a bit of attention with people applauding him for his words and praying for his safety. Sandoval, Vidal (2015)  Cimarron and Springer areas, Colfax County.  See also Leon Herrera.  Deputy. Crime with help of Police Chief.  Excerpt from Abq Journal-2015/10/16-By Scott Sandlin: Sting operation found him aiding, abetting drug trafficking….Ex-Springer chief Leon Herrera, in his plea agreement Thursday, acknowledged that he pretended to be a federal Drug Enforcement Administration officer to help deputy Vidal Sandoval persuade the faux drug couriers to hand over money from their car. Excerpt from Justice dot gov- 2016-07/13: Vidal Sandoval, 46, of Cimarron, N.M., pleaded guilty this morning to a superseding indictment charging him with drug trafficking and theft of government property charges.  Sandoval was a Deputy of the Colfax County Sheriff’s Department at the time he committed the crimes.  The guilty plea was entered without the benefit of a plea agreement. Excerpt Santa Fe NM-2016/07/13: Federal prosecutors charged the acquaintance, Leon Herrera, 37, with impersonating a federal agent. Herrera, formerly the police chief of Springer, pleaded guilty in October 2015. A judge sentenced him to one year of probation and 250 hours of community service. 2016/07/13-- theft 2016/07/13-- guilty/article_f5343270-a044-54da-81e6-42d81bea66bf.html 2015/10/16-- as-drug-couriers.html Sandy, Keith (2009) Albuquerque.  Officer.  In connection with James Boyd.  See also Dominque Perez 2017/07/18-- 2017/06/05--h/ttp:// 2017/02/24-- 2016/12/19-- 2016/10/13-- 2016/10/11-- 2014/10/ Schultz, Ray  Albuquerque.  Ex-Police Chief APD, left in 2013 with “mixed legacy.” Became police chief elsewhere-Memorial Villages PD near Houston, Texas..  Left in 2013. In connection with Sam Costales.  Taser issues. 2017/03/24-- 2016/01/14-- 2015/05/01-- 2015/04/30-- 2015/02/09-- 2013/07/29-- 2013/07/29-- Scott, Carroll  (2016) Bloomfield. Lieutenant.  Domestic violence. Scott, 45, was charged Thursday in Aztec Magistrate Court with one count of battery on a household member, a misdemeanor. cop-jailed-domestic-abuse-charges/78805802/ Sena, Lucas 02/17/2017 Santa Fe Shirley, Jake (2008) Lovington Former Lea County officer Excerpt: According to state police, the Lovington Police Department responded to the home of Jimmy Shirley, 48, on Thursday night after getting multiple 911 calls regarding a domestic violence incident. Police found the elder Shirley with a gunshot wound to the head. He was taken to Lea County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  investigators said Jimmy Shirley and his wife, Brenda, had been arguing at their son's home so Jake Shirley took his mother home. The elder Shirley followed and became angry when he was locked out. He allegedly broke in and hit his wife in the face, and police said that's when he was shot. Sholtis, Tom (10/31/2001)  Albuquerque.  Officer.  Violence.  Excerpt from Real Crimes Corruption Overview: Off-duty Albuquerque police officer, Tom Sholtis, encountered Deena Tanberg, (the wife of an Albuquerque FBI agent), chatting with a woman friend in a public park after hours.  Sholtis ordered the two women to come toward him, and when they didn’t instantly comply, Sholtis  “violently slammed Deena Tanberg to the ground, fracturing her arm and causing her ligament damage.” The audiotape from Officer Sholtis’s belt-mounted recorder reflects that he grabbed Deena and broke her arm within 20 seconds of first encountering her, before she had even determined that Sholtis was, indeed, a law enforcement officer. 2005/03/16-- 2003/04/14-- Davis v. Albuquerque, New Mexico and Tom Sholtis 2003/04/14-- Simpson, Dwayne  Farmington Solano, Greg  Santa Fe. Former Santa Fe County sheriff.  Stole office equipment and sold on Ebay. Excerpt from Cutting Edge- 2011/10/06: The deputy is fired but not before a video showing the confrontation gets ample play on the Internet. In separate trials last month, an Albuquerque cop gets six months in jail for tipping off a friend who was the subject of a federal drug investigation, while a former Santa Fe County sheriff begins serving a three-month jail sentence for stealing department equipment and peddling it on E-Bay.“I got greedy,” former Sherriff Greg Solano was quoted, as he prepared to hunker down in the hoosegow.  Later regrets backing DWI seizures. 2015/09/01-- seizure/article_290cbc0f-6483-51d6-b39f-5d2651e9815f.html  2011/10/06--  2011/01/20-- Stepp, Jennifer. (2013) Albuquerque.  Officer. In connection with Marlene Tapia case involving anal probing and lawsuit. The Blaze: shocking-police-abuse-tantamount-to-torture/ See also Victim Incidents/Cases Stinnett, Alfred Clyde (2001) Ruidoso. Excerpt from Justice dot gov:  Department was indicted today on charges of assaulting an individual in the custody of the Ruidoso Police Department, the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico announced today.  The three count indictment, returned in U.S. District Court in New Mexico today, charges that in November of 2001 defendant Alfred Clyde Stinnett slammed Susanne DiPaolo, an individual in police custody, to her cell floor while she was handcuffed. The indictment also alleges that former police officer Stinnett obstructed justice by submitting misleading information to investigators and tampering with a witness. Stout, Glen. (2016) Albuquerque.  Police sergeant.  In association with Lt. Greg Brachle and Jacob Grant shooting/injury case.  (Abq Free Press 01/13/2016) T   thegoldenrivernet-systemabuse-policeabuse_newmexico_policenames Tarango, Jr, Danny (12/07/2007)  Farmington. Mexican national who did the dealing in a police related drug ring. From Albq Jrnl 2008/12/28:   It turns out meth dealer Danny Tarango was as good at buying cops as he was at selling drugs. From Stop the Drug War: ”According to this federal indictment Countryman acted as the middleman while a Mexican national named Daniel Tarango did the actual dealing.” 2007/12/07-- 2008/12/28-- Taylor, Misty  (2011) Farmington. Officer.  Watched beating.  In connection with Donovan Tanner case.  Navajo Times  Terrell, Joshua. (2014) Jal, NM.  Fired officer in connection with Police Chief Larry Burns.  The Blaze  Threlkeld, Eric K. Carlsbad (2017)  Letter to editor in Current Argus (Carlsbad news) on preventing domestic violence  Excerpt from Argus 10/24/2017: I began my career as a police officer in 1986. At that time there was no domestic violence shelter in the town I worked in. The best that a victim could hope for was that there was enough money in the chaplains’ fund to get one night in a cheap motel. If an officer responded to your home for a domestic violence call, he would often tell the victim to leave the house, and ask misguided questions like 'Why do you stay here anyway?  Why do you put up with it?  What did you do to make him angry?' Or make detrimental statements like, “If I have to come back here one more time tonight, someone is going to jail.”   Domestic violence was, for far too long, seen as a lesser offense, and frequently treated like a private matter. Victims were often just sent home from the hospital without intervention, children were left to suffer in silence. And as a consequence, abuse could go on for years. In many cases the violence only ended with the death of a woman or a child. Torres, James Albuquerque. (04/23/1991) “APD Officers James Torres and Stan Gloria went into an apartment to sell 100 lbs. of marijuana for $60,000….” From Real Crimes U   thegoldenrivernet-systemabuse_policeabuse_newmexico_policenames Utley, Shane. Farmington. Captain.  Excerpt Abq Journal 08/31/2015, By Dan Schwartz / The Daily Times: FARMINGTON — A New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy official has determined that a former San Juan County Sheriff’s Office captain lied in investigations of his alleged use of department-issued ammunition in a trade for an off-road motorcycle.  The ammunition — four boxes of Black Hills .223 match grade bullets and 50 rounds of Federal 12-gauge buckshot — was valued at between $180 and $250, according to the records. The ammunition boxes were also stamped with an identification number that matched rounds kept in the Sheriff’s Office SWAT truck, according to the records.  Utley testified in the hearing that he didn’t know the ammunition belonged to the Sheriff’s Office and that Capt. Brice Current had given it to him, according to the records.  But Hearing Officer Peter Camacho stated in the records that Utley “knew or should have known” the ammunition belonged to the Sheriff’s Office. Current also denies he  gave Utley the ammunition, according to the records.  Current, former-Undersheriff Ron Anderson, the sheriff’s office, and the county and its board of commissioners are also named as defendants in the lawsuit against Christesen. Case file: Complaint against San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen against-San-Juan-County-Sheriff-Ken-Christesen See also Beth Utley, Sheriff’s spokesperson and Shane Utley’s wife, found mentioned here V   thegoldenrivernet-systemabuse_policeabuse_newmexico_policenames Valencia, Jose (2010) Santa Fe police/Pecos related incident.  Detective. Guns/drug dealer/revealing undercover agent.  Possible retaliation by higher ups for reporting corruption and not participating in cover-ups.   Excerpt from Abq Journal (2010):   SANTA FE — A Santa Fe cop may end up losing his badge after he was caught on an FBI tape promising a gun to a drug dealer "who clearly conveyed his intent to commit murder," according to police documents.  Santa Fe police Detective Jose Valencia — who was the police union president at the time the conversation was caught on tape two years ago — was recommended for termination by Chief Aric Wheeler last week, the Journal has learned. The alleged drug dealer is Maximiliano Gonzales of Pecos, whom Valencia has known on some level for years. Valencia has been on administrative leave since October. He also is accused of providing the description of an undercover officer to Gonzales and with making disparaging remarks about fellow officers to the drug suspect, according to state Department of Public Safety documents….But a lawsuit against the city of Santa Fe is in the works, according to an attorney for Valencia who claims his client was the victim of entrapment on the part of "administration higher-ups."    Albuquerque attorney Alvin Garcia told the Journal the actions taken against Valencia were a product of a "retaliation" against his client "for reporting corruption (within the department) and not participating in cover-ups."    "He was warned that things would come back to bite him," Garcia said. "And they have."  Valtierra, Robert  (1989) Albuquerque  Excerpt from Real Crimes: 1/27/89: PETER KLUNCK KILLING (Albq. PD): Peter was shot by three members of the APD ROP Team – Robert Valtierra, Paul Heatley, and Matt Griffin  -- on the day he was scheduled to appear in court and had told people he was planning to “blow the lid off APD.”  Friends assert that Peter had been involved in criminal activities with Officer Griffin and now wanted out.  Police released a statement that Peter was shot in the chest in self-defense.  In truth, he was shot three times in the back.  Officer Steve Nakamura, who did not fire at Peter, said Peter was unarmed.  “These guys shot him in the back and I don’t know why!” he told his sergeant. Varela, Javier  (2012) Socorro.  Detective during during bust involving police corruption. socorro-police-officers-arrested-have-been-released/55619331 Vega, Angela (2011)  Columbus. Former police chief. Extortion and trafficking arms. Cutting Edge News  Vigil, Isaac (2014)  Tucumcari. NMSP Officer. Domestic Violence. charges/ Vigil, Robert Espanola, previously of Cuba.  Excerpt from Santa Fe New Mexican-2015-06/04: The family that was the subject of the raid is suing the city of Española and several police officers, claiming they lied in a 2010 affidavit to obtain a search warrant on the family’s double-wide mobile home. The affidavit, citing information from a confidential informant, said the home was being used to manufacture methamphetamine. Some 40 officers, including a New Mexico State Police SWAT team, surrounded the home in the early morning hours of May 12, 2010, and pulled the family out at gunpoint. But police found nothing illegal. The family claims Robert Vigil, the officer who obtained the search warrant, made up the informant.  Vigil had a documented history of unprofessional conduct — including complaints from the public — when he was an officer in Cuba, N.M. It is unclear if the Española Police Department did a background check on Vigil before hiring him.Former Cuba Police Chief Jason Griego said he never received any inquiries from the Española Police Department about Vigil. An Española city human resources director said in a 2013 deposition in a different case that she had no record of Vigil undergoing a psychological evaluation when he was hired.Griego said he’s barred from commenting on Vigil’s past performance beyond stating whether or not he would rehire Vigil as an officer. The answer to that question, Griego said, is a resounding “no, definitely not.”According to records obtained by The New Mexican, Griego disciplined Vigil numerous times during the nearly two years that Vigil worked in Cuba between 2007 and 2008. Griego also demoted Vigil from the position of captain.“I have received numerous complaints in reference to your interpersonal skills,” Griego wrote in a Feb. 22, 2008, letter in which he informed Vigil he was being stripped of his rank. “It is my hope that you see this as an opportunity to self reflect and come to terms that not everyone who has come to me with the same complaints, as to the way you treat them and talk to them, are wrong.” According to Cuba Police Department records, Vigil was docked eight hours of compensatory time for unprofessional conduct, stripped of his privilege to take his patrol car home for failing to maintain the vehicle, reprimanded for failing to complete assigned tasks and forced to apologize to a citizen who reported Vigil had threatened to beat him up...Police officials said at the time that Rapatz must have been tipped off, but Rapatz’s lawyer claims in court documents that operation “Sweet Revenge” was cooked up by Vigil and Officer Danny Pacheco, whose mother and father were Rapatz’s neighbor and had been feuding with him, according to the lawsuit. Robert Cole, the attorney representing the city in the lawsuit, told the judge in an April 23 email that Vigil claimed the confidential informant’s file was destroyed in 2013 by Lt. Christian Lopez when he left the department. 2015/06/04-- drug/article_e4bac0b3-b339-5247-8a7c-28590a58c9de.html Vigil, Matthew (2017) Espanola.  Chief. Child Abuse, Witness Intimidation.  Excerpt from US News-2017/08/21: Espanola Police Chief on Leave After Child Abuse Indictment. The police chief of a troubled northern New Mexico city has been placed on leave following grand jury indictments on child abuse and witness intimidation. Excerpt from Rio Grande Sun-2017/08/18-by By Wheeler Cowperthwaite:   With the exception of the battery and interference with communication, all charges are third-degree felonies, which each carry maximum sentences of three years. He faces a maximum sentence, across both cases, of 14 years in prison.   He allegedly threatened his wife, Vicki Vigil, and one of her children to not talk to police and to refuse to testify at court proceedings, following the incident on Oct. 30, 2016. 2017/08/21-- indictment 2017/08/18-- 775cdcb08120.html 2017/08/03-- 3fde46d516cb.html 2017/07/20-- c7bbfcb65b28.html w   thegoldenrivernet-systemabuse_policeabuse_newmexico_policenames Wallace, Edmund (2017) Lea County Sheriff’s Deputy. Excerpt from  Hobbs News: 10/05/2017: Lea sheriff’s deputy arrested on sex charge: During the interview Wallace admitted that he allowed the victim to perform oral sex on him after leaving Hobbs Magistrate Court and prior to arrival at LCDC.  Wallace, 31, of Hobbs, was placed under arrest for criminal sexual penetration, a second degree felony.  Wallace was booked at the Hobbs City Jail and then transported to the Eddy County Detention Center in Carlsbad.  Wallace, Marianne (1989) Albuquerque. Officer.  See Arquette case and Ronald Merriman. July 16, 1989 shooting case of Kaitlynn Arquette. Excerpt from Albq Jrnl-2012/07/19-20-by Jolen Gutierrez Krueger: At 11 p.m., APD detective Ronald Merriman arrived on scene and reported seeing a “small car” parked near the Tempo, his report says. Witnesses described it as a primer-gray Volkswagen Beetle.  Officer Marianne Wallace arrived seconds later, according to her police report. Yet statements from two ambulance workers say no officer was present when they arrived. 2012/07/19-20-- Warman, Brandt  Taos.  Officer.  Excessive force.  Other officer involved:  Sgt Janis Davis.  Excerpt from Santa Few NM-2016/01/11--But video of the incident depicts a volatile and heated incident during which Warman rushed Olonia after the man threatened his family…Maestas argued officers at the Taos Police Department are not treated equally. He described Warman as the officer who was “most assaultive” as receiving “paper discipline” in addition to losing a few days’ pay for his actions, while Davis was charged with a crime and fired. 2016/01/11-- been/article_e2ae00c4-7ffd-5591-839f-5ad40502c8f8.html Webb, Chris (2013) Tularosa.  Excerpt from Las Vegas/CBS Local-2012/10/31:  Courthouse News Service reports Motor Transportation Police Officer Chris Webb is being sued for allegedly using the weapon on the boy during a May 4 “career day” at Tularosa Intermediate School. The complaint reportedly states that Webb asked a group of boys during the school’s career day who would like to wash his patrol car. All the boys responded they would, except when the 10-year-old identified as R.D. jokingly said he wouldn’t.Taser used on 10 year old.  Excerpt from Albq Jrnl-2013/08/15-By Scott SandlinOfficer said incident at career day was an accident. The state has settled a lawsuit brought on behalf of a 10-year-old boy who was Tasered by an officer in the New Mexico Motor Transportation Police during a career day at his Tularosa school.  U.S. Magistrate Judge William Lynch approved the settlement – the precise amount of which is confidential – at a hearing earlier this month, and the lawsuit was dismissed Monday with “no admission, finding or implication of negligence, liability or wrongdoing” by the officer, Chris Webb 2013/08/15-- 2012/10/31-- Wells, Robert (2017) Alamagordo.  Officer.  Alamagordo Police Department. An Alamogordo Police officer’s public comments on social media have landed him in trouble with his department. Wilson, Dusty (2000)  Clovis, Hobbs. Former Hobbs officer. Excerpt from Amarillo dot com 08/22/2000 By Janet Bresenham:  Former Hobbs officer charged with sexual abuse CLOVIS, N.M. - A former Hobbs Police Department officer charged with sexually abusing his young stepdaughter and stepson was arrested Monday morning after he turned himself in to Lea County authorities, 9th Judicial District Attorney Randall Harris said. Harris has been appointed special prosecutor in the case against Dusty Wilson, 26, who is charged in Lea County with six first-degree felony counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor.Wilson's stepdaughter was 3 years old and his stepson was 5 years old at the time of the alleged abuse, Harris said.If convicted, Wilson could face up to 144 years in state prison because each charge carries a maximum penalty of 24 years' imprisonment under New Mexico law, Harris said. Wilson, Oliver  (11/7/2013) Santa Fe, New Mexico State Police Officer.  Shot/Killed Jeanette Anaya; a questionable person was in the car with her - a person of interest in a homicide case. From Us Gun Violence: Questionable traffic stop; high speed chase; emotional cop fired several rounds, two of which hit and one or both killed her; she apparently did not stop because she had a warrant out  for a minor misdemeanor involving concealed identity; she had cocaine in her bloodstream: : “District Attorney Angela “Spence” Pacheco said based on video recorded by a dashboard camera in Wilson’s car, Anaya hadn’t committed any traffic violation…Teresa Anaya said her daughter was murdered and the State Police officer who fired the fatal shots in the high-profile case was “enraged” and had “lost control.” Muñoz also said he didn’t think Anaya had committed any violations before the chase began. Excerpt from NM In Depth-2016/03/23-by Jeff Proctor: There’s no question that Jeanette broke several laws that night. Yet her family says the system fell down. Wilson “needed to be held accountable for what he did,” says Teresa.  Asked about Teresa’s criticism of the process used to clear Wilson, Pacheco pauses for several moments.  “I can understand her feeling that [the grand jury presentation] wasn’t a fair representation of what occurred,” she says. “There is not an efficient or good process in the state of New Mexico to deal with police shootings.”  Excerpt from Santa Fe New Mexican 2014/04/08-by Phaedra Haywood: Anaya’s family has filed a tort claim notice, advising the state that she is prepared to file a civil suit over her daughter’s death. Her attorney said the family might also pursue a lawsuit in federal court, alleging violations of Jeanette Anaya’s civil rights.  But right now, they want “justice.” For Teresa Anaya, justice means criminal charges for Officer Wilson for fatally shooting her daughter and changes to a system that allows the New Mexico State Police, rather than an outside agency, to investigate its own officer-involved shootings. She said justice also means more and better officer training on the use of force and more rigorous screening for police officers.  “Police officers should be subject to the same laws as the rest of us,” she said, “whether they hold a gun and a badge or not.” 2017/05/18-- killed/article_4b1cdf95-ebb5-514a-aa75-23a81bc4ddcc.html 2016/03/23-- 2014/04/30-- chase/article_9ead1b4c-6a22-5e5a-8dfe-3ac6c2c3fc52.html 2014/04/08-- death/article_72eb7e0f-e885-5c5d-b003-e359a70b969c.html 2013/11/07-- z   thegoldenrivernet-systemabuse_policeabuses_newmexico_policenames Zapater, Blanca  (2013) Albuquerque.  Officer.  In connection with Marlene Tapia case. See also Victim Incidents/Cases The Blaze shocking-police-abuse-tantamount-to-torture/ Zavala, Cruz (2016) Roswell. Domestic violence (wife). dispute-with-wife/
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