NM Police Abuse/Names Section   A      B     C     D    E     F      G     H     IJK    L    MN    O     P     QR     S     T    U, V, W (here)     XYZ See also:  Victim Incidents/Cases     Police - Blue Lives Matter     Locations by City and Names A to Z Indexes U, V, W On this page:     Alphabetical Linked List of Summaries     Summaries (below linked list)     Code Key (separate page)    Example of Code Layout: 1-SIL/2-OFC-LCSHO/3-FORCE/4-*BRYAN*  Template: 1-city/2-rank of officer/3-problem(s)/4-*NAME* famous or well known case as last name of victim 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 victimin a famous or well known case is Bryan   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 Taos Incident 1-TAOS 2-OFC incident with Sgt. Janis Davis 3-FORCE (2018, 2015) Is this the same one in Farmington? Warman, Brandt Farmington shooting incident 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* 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. https://www.abqjournal.com/636929/state-law-enforcement-academy-finds- former-sheriffs-office-captain-lied.html Case file: Complaint against San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen https://www.scribd.com/document/220210798/Complaint- against-San-Juan-County-Sheriff-Ken-Christesen See also Beth Utley, Sheriff’s spokesperson and Shane Utley’s wife, found mentioned here http://www.navajotimes.com/news/2011/0411/041411beating.php https://www.abqjournal.com/59499/farmington-police-sergeant-accused-of-rape.html http://site.ninjacops.com/blog/tag/sheriffs-spokeswoman-beth-utley/ 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."https://www.abqjournal.com/news/state/03232436934newsmetro02-03-10.htm  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. http://www.realcrimes.com/Corruption_Overview.htm www.kaitarquette.arquettes.com/corruption%20overview.htm Varela, Javier  (2012) Socorro.  Detective during during bust involving police corruption.  http://www.kvia.com/news/names-of- 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. http://krqe.com/2014/08/15/nmsp-officer-arrested-on- domestic-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--http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/espa-ola-police-chief-to-probe-missing-records-in- 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--https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/new-mexico/articles/espanola-police-chief-on-leave-after-child-abuse- indictment 2017/08/18--http://www.riograndesun.com/news/taos-grand-jury-indicts-police-chief/article_f06979cc-8474-11e7-b112- 775cdcb08120.html 2017/08/03--http://www.riograndesun.com/news/police-chief-faces-more-allegations/article_18bda434-786d-11e7-a971- 3fde46d516cb.html 2017/07/20--http://www.riograndesun.com/news/city-police-chief-under-investigation/article_b003b42c-6d56-11e7-9635- c7bbfcb65b28.html W Warman, Brandt - Taos 2016/01/11 Fired Taos sergeant argues discipline for police misconduct has been inconsistent http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/fired-taos-sergeant-argues-discipline-for-police-misconduct-has- been/article_e2ae00c4-7ffd-5591-839f-5ad40502c8f8.html And though another officer, Brandt Warman, was disciplined in the confrontation that led to charges against Davis, the lawyer representing her argued the officer’s treatment belied disparate treatment of misconduct allegations.Testifying during the hearing’s first day, Warman seemed to agree http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/fired-taos-sergeant-argues-discipline-for-police-misconduct-has- been/article_e2ae00c4-7ffd-5591-839f-5ad40502c8f8.html Video: https://www.policeone.com/officer-misconduct-internal-affairs/articles/8690638-Video-Confrontation-erupts-after-suspect- threatens-NM-cops-kids/ Excerpt:“If I have to come back here one more time tonight, you’re going to [expletive] jail,” Warman tells him.“You think I’m not connected?” Olonia responds.Officers ask if Olonia if he’s threatening them, because Olonia previously suggested he was a part of the Mexican mafia. Another argument ensues, and Olonia tells Warman he will see him “personally.” At one point, Olonia also threatened the officer’s children, according to KOAT.Warman then rushes Olonia while other officers attempt to separate the two men. Olonia is then forced to the ground in the ensuing struggle. Olonia was arrested and taken to a hospital for examination. He was charged with assault, assault on a peace officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. No injuries were reported, and all charges against him were later dropped. Olonia has a long history of violence, including several counts of battery on law enforcement, according to the report Olonia reportedly plans on filing a civil complaint. The investigation is ongoing. Warman, Brandt -  farmington incident 2018: 2018/01/04: Daily Times: Farmington Police Officer Shooting Five Shots December  https://www.daily-times.com/story/news/crime/2018/01/04/farmington-police-officer-shooting-five-shots- december/1005414001/  Excerpt from Daily Times:The Farmington police officer who shot and killed a suspect last month fired five shots after the man allegedly pointed an object at the officer he believed was a gun.The object later was identified not as a gun, but as an e- cigarette, according to New Mexico State Police.The agency identified Officer Brandt Warman, an approximate six-year veteran of the Farmington Police Department, as the officer involved in the Dec. 20 shooting, according to a state police press release. KRQE: Family of man killed by Farmington Police Files Lawsuit https://www.krqe.com/news/new-mexico/family-of-man-killed-by-farmington-police-files-lawsuit/1080487232 Excerpt from KRQE: he family of a man shot and killed by police is suing the city of Farmington and the Department of Public Safety. Officer Brant Warman was patrolling an area of U.S. 64 late last year when he saw a woman hanging out of the passenger side window of a pickup. When the driver, 35-year-old Frankie Anchando, eventually pulled over, Officer Warman claims he got out and pointed an e-cigarette at him with both hands. The officer thought it was a gun, so he shot and killed Anchondo. 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--https://www.abqjournal.com/247508/state-settles-lawsuit-over-tasered-child.html 2012/10/31--http://lasvegas.cbslocal.com/2012/10/31/police-officer-accused-of-tasering-boy-for-refusing-to-wash-patrol-car/ 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. http://krqe.com/2017/06/15/alamogordo-police-officer-placed-on-leave-for-public-facebook-comments/ 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. http://amarillo.com/stories/082200/new_hobbs.shtml#.WhwnV0qnGxk 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--http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/state-paid-m-to-family-of-santa-fe-woman- killed/article_4b1cdf95-ebb5-514a-aa75-23a81bc4ddcc.html 2016/03/23--http://nmindepth.com/2016/03/23/puff-of-smoke-justice-system-designed-to-clear-cop-who-killed-jeanette-anaya/ 2014/04/30--http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/passenger-speaks-out-on-jeanette-anaya-s-fatal- chase/article_9ead1b4c-6a22-5e5a-8dfe-3ac6c2c3fc52.html 2014/04/08--http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/mother-of-jeanette-anaya-speaks-out-on-daughter-s- death/article_72eb7e0f-e885-5c5d-b003-e359a70b969c.html 2013/11/07--https://usgunviolence.wordpress.com/2013/11/07/killed-jeanette-anaya-santa-fe-nm/ UPDATES Updates:2018/12/05-Warman, Brandt question FMN/Taos locations same name;  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
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