NM Police Abuses/Names  Section:  A     B (here)    C     D    E     F      G     H     IJK    L   MN   O     P     QR     S     T     UVW     XYZ See also:  Victim Incidents/Cases     Police - Blue Lives Matter     Locations by City and Names A to Z Indexes B   Alphabetical Linked List of Summaries    Summaries (below linked list) Code Key (separate page)   Example of Code Layout: Template: 1-city/2-dept/rank of officer/3-issue,problem(s) or reform /4-*NAME* 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 B    Babcock, Todd 1-ALBQ/2-OFC/3-SUIT/4-*MILLER*     Baca, Joseph 1-SNTA FE POLICE, INCIDENT CHAMA/2-OFC-SFPD/3-UNRULY, ALC, WPN    Baca, Sam 1-ALBQ/2-CHF-APD/ 3- INTEL     Baker, Isaiah 1-CRUC/2-OFC/3-FORCE     Barde, Daniel 1-BEL/3-CHLD-DWI     Benard, Tom 1-ALBQ/3-FORCE    Benner, Greg 1-RNCHO/3-KOD (05/25/2015)  Blea, Christopher1-FMN/3-TR-STOP-TORT- SHT     Brachle, Greg 1-ALBQ /2-DET /3-COP SHT COP-SHT DET JACOB GRANT-SUIT-SETTLE-RESIGNED-CHRGE NO /4-*GRANT*     Brandau, Mike 1-GAL     Briseno, Mike1-FMN/3-BRU    Brown, C.J.1-ALBQ/3-MULT-SUIT/4-*TORRES*     Burns, Larry 1-JAL/2-CHF-JPD/3-SEX     Burt, Darryl 1-ALBQ/2-SHF DEP-BCSO/3-MULT-SEX-FEL   Byers (first name?) 1-GAL/ARREST FLSE-STRIP ILL-RETAL-POL-SUIT SUMMARIES-B’s: BRIEF EXCERPTS/SOURCES NEW MEXICO POLICE   thegoldenrivernet-systemabuse-policeabuse-newmexico-policenames See more Police - Blue Lives Matter   on this website.  Obituary:  https://prod3.meaningfulfunerals.net/?action=obituaries.obit_view&o_id=4079972&fh_id=11147 Facebook (as of 12/2017 his widow is still keeping up his Facebook account and adding notes): https://www.facebook.com/ackerman4sheriff/?hc_ref=ARQC47C-YfGhb- LEiYOamnY5Cl43jVanDfMO9f7siWdZ1vpDYYcgIAA3rAzdAk6dUlk&fref=nf Other Related Links https://www.abqjournal.com/938403/deputies-in-lea-county-to-become-mounted-patrol- officers.html?utm_source=abqjournal.com&utm_medium=related+posts+-+default&utm_campaign=related+posts http://www.everythinglubbock.com/news/kamc-news/friend-were-all-mourning-death-of-lea-county-sheriff/642404448 https://www.justice.gov/usao-nm/pr/multi-agency-investigation-dismantles-lea-county-based-drug-trafficking-organization [post- humus] http://www.kob.com/new-mexico-news/authorities-southeastern-new-mexico-sheriff-killed-in-crash-lea-county-sheriffs-office- steve-ackerman/4374439/ http://krqe.com/2017/01/27/lea-county-deputies-unable-to-make-arrests-after-sheriffs-death/  [post-humus] http://krqe.com/2017/01/18/lea-county-sheriff-killed-in-crash/ http://krqe.com/2017/02/07/newly-appointed-lea-county-sheriff-takes-oath-of-office/  [Ackerman’s successor - Wester, Byron] https://www.policeone.com/Officer-Safety/articles/281433006-NM-sheriff-killed-in-rollover-crash/ https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jan/18/a-southeastern-new-mexico-sheriff-killed-in-car-cr/ See Also: KOAT 7:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nypw7ElcQzY (2011) https://www.abqjournal.com/113212/ahrensfield-to-stay-out-of-jail.html (2012) http://progressnownm.org/2015/01/19/heres-a-look-at-apds-troubling-past-of-retaliating-against-those-who-oppose-them-and- how-the-national-press-is-covering-the-charges-against-apds-own/ (2015) 02/09/2017--http://www.riograndesun.com/news/cops_courts/investigation-clears-city-officer/article_481827d4-eee5-11e6-b557- b3bb841ab3dd.html SUMMARIES-B’s: BRIEF EXCERPTS/SOURCES NEW MEXICO POLICE thegoldenrivernet-systemabuse-policeabuse-newmexico-policenames-B’s Babcock, Todd 1-ALBQ/2-OFC/4-*MILLER* (05/25/1997) Albuquerque. Officer. April Miller death connection. Excerpt from Real Crimes: (Albq. PD): APD Officer Todd Babcock, who knew April from a recent encounter, had identified April at the scene.  Abq Jrnl: It was in the closet of that room that APD detective Todd Babcock said he found a bright orange Taurus pistol box stowed in a chest.  Leagle 03/13/2015:  BABCOCK v. ALBUQUERQUE POLICE DEPARTMENT. No. 13-CV-1179 MCA-WPL. Scribd: APD COps Sue Over Age. http://www.realcrimes.com/Corruption_Overview.htm on incident of 10/21/2015--http://www.kob.com/kobtvimages/repository/cs/files/davon%20lymon%20arrest%20docs.pdf 10/25/2016--https://www.abqjournal.com/874706/witness-he-shot-him-tigger-lymon-shot-the-officer-in-the-neck.html 03/13/2015.https://www.leagle.com/decision/infdco20150320f51 https://www.scribd.com/document/191405054/NM-ABQ-APD-Cops-Sue-Over-Age Baca, Joseph 1-SNTA FE POLICE, INCIDENT CHAMA/2-OFC-SFPD/3-WPN (2013) Santa Fe. SFPD Officer.  Incident in Chama.  Negligent use of firearm issue. Excerpt from The Santa Fe New Mexican. By Phaedra Haywood (08/05/2013).   The Santa Fe Police Department is conducting an internal investigation into the actions of one of its officers who was arrested in Chama about a week ago on a charge of negligent use of a firearm.  Officer Joseph Baca was arrested July 27 by New Mexico State Police after he reportedly was found drinking, shooting guns and arguing with his wife, Santa Fe Police Department Sgt. Andrea Dobyns. Another man, who was found passed out in a vehicle near the cabin where the police officers were staying also was arrested. http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/officer-s-use-of-weapons-under-investigation-after- arrest/article_2b8ac0ad-b250-5ebc-be30-cc2872e3b1cc.html Baca, Sam  1-ALBQ/2-CHF-APD/ 3-INTEL (05/10/1987) Albuquerque.  Police Chief. APD.  Excerpt  from Real Crimes:  ”Baca, former candidate for mayor of Albuquerque, disclosed that during his campaign Albuquerque Police Chief Sam Baca had offered to show him a secret intelligence file on his opponent, Ken Schultz.  (Chief Baca denied that.)  Jim Baca said he refused to accept the file.  He said there was a need for exposure of rampant politics within the Albuquerque Police Department and that APD Chief Sam Baca was a victim of that “incestuous” system.” http://www.realcrimes.com/Corruption_Overview.htm Baker, Isaiah 1-CRUC/2-OFC/3-FORCE (02/17/2017)   Las Cruces. Officer.  Excessive force, 4th Amendment violation.   Excerpt from Photography is not a Crime, 02/17/2017:  After a five-day trial and three-hour deliberation, a jury awarded the couple $1.6 million.   The federal jury ruled that Las Cruces police officers Isaiah Baker and Joseph Campa used unreasonably excessive force and violated the couples Fourth Amendment right.  The incident took place in January 2013 after Jillian Beck called police to report a disturbance with neighbors around 10 p.m., according to the Las Cruces Sun-News. The New Mexico cops did not appreciate Jillian Beck walking away from them after they responded to a neighborhood dispute, prompting an officer to grab her arm, twist it behind her back and slam her to the ground, leaving her with a fractured arm as he planted his knee on her back.  When the woman lifted her head to console her four-year-old son who began crying, the Las Cruces police officer slammed her face on a bed of rocks, leaving her with a broken nose and a bruised and bloodied face.  When her husband became alarmed, thinking his wife was choking on her own blood, he walked up to help her, but he was also arrested.  Las Cruces police officer Isaiah Baker then turned to a female officer and bragged about his deeds, telling her that Jillian Beck “got thrown” and ended up with a “face full of rocks.”  “Cool,” the female officer responded, according to an audio clip that was heard during a civil trial last week. https://photographyisnotacrime.com/2017/02/17/new-mexico-couple-awarded-1-6-million-in-police-abuse-case/ USA Today: 2018/02/26 NM City Settles Police Brutality Case 1.4 million https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/02/26/new-mexico-city-settles-police-brutality-case-1-4- million/372193002/ Barde, Daniel 1-BEL/2-OFC-NMSP/3-CHLD-DWI (2011) Belen. State police officer. DWI, child abuse.  Excerpt from Abq Journal:  Daniel Barde, an ex-State Police officer accused of DWI and child abuse in July 2011, was sentenced to one year of supervised probation and community service after entering into a plea and disposition agreement on Jan. 28 in Valencia County District Court.Police said Barde, who was off-duty at the time, had bloodshot, watery eyes and smelled of alcohol when officers pulled him over on July 5, 2011, on Interstate 25, near Mile Marker 190 in Belen. Police said Barde, who had been stationed in Chama, performed poorly on field sobriety tests and shortly after, was booked into the Valencia County Adult Detention Center. https://www.abqjournal.com/168441/updated-ex-cop-pleads-guilty-to-dwi.html https://www.abqjournal.com/41588/off-duty-state-police-officer-arrested-for-allegedly-driving-drunk.html https://www.abqjournal.com/53129/updated-ex-state-police-officer-pleads-not-guilty.html Benard, Tom (04/23/2000) Albuquerque. Officer. ALBQ/OFC/FORCE Excessive force - beating handcuffed suspect (wrong person) with metal baton.  Excerpt from Real Crimes: APD Officer Tom Benard committed “aggravated battery with a deadly weapon” by beating a handcuffed homicide suspect with a metal baton.  (It was later confirmed that the suspect was the wrong person.)  The suspect sustained head injuries.  A police belt tape recorded Benard telling a colleague, “I popped him one good in the head for you.” An Internal Affairs Investigation found sufficient evidence to support allegations of excessive force. http://www.realcrimes.com/Corruption_Overview.htm  Benner, Greg (KOD 05/25/2015) Rio Rancho. Traffic stop.  www.koat.com/article/fallen-rio-rancho-officer-was-hit-in-upper-lower-torso/5064264 https://www.abqjournal.com/605766/push-for-tougher-three-strikes-law-in-new-mexico.html www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/n-m-killed-shift-traffic-stop-shooting-article-1.2237696 Blea, Christopher  (2013)  Farmington.  Officer.  Tort Claims/Titus, excerpt 2012: n short, this cavalier cowboy attitude by Officer Blea is not only contrary to law but is goingto get someone shot and/or killed. http://www.tricitytribuneusa.com/michael-chavez-to-sue-city-after-shooting/ https://www.scribd.com/document/135055227/Letters-about-Farmington-police-Officer-Christopher-Blea Brachle, Greg  Albuquerque.  Police Lieutenant. Shot Detective Grant on job (see Grant, Jacob)  Excerpt from ABQ Free Press- 2016/01/13-by Dennis Domrzalski hard copy p. 10 : The Albuquerque police lieutenant who shot a fellow officer during an undercover drug bust had a history of reckless and dangerous behavior, according to new documents filed in the lawsuit against the city, the lieutenant and APD over the shooting. …Brachle pumped at least eight hollow point copper jacketed .45 caliber rounds into his subordinate, Det. Jacob Grant, according to the documents….Grant suffered massive internal injuries and has endured multiple surgeries since the shooting and has not worked since.”  Other police names associated with this case:  Sgt. Glen Stout, Holly Garcia (undercover detective)….Brachle has been a security guard in Colorado. 2017/12/05--https://www.abqjournal.com/1102366/ag-no-charges-in-cop-on-cop-shooting.html 2016/03/30--http://www.freeabq.com/settlement-jacob-grant/ 2016/03/16--http://www.freeabq.com/2016/03/16/jacob-grant-release-video/ 2016/04/01--http://www.koat.com/article/cop-who-shot-fellow-officer-i-didn-t-know-it-was-you/5070698 2016/01/14--https://www.abqjournal.com/706353/detective-recalls-horror-of-being-shot-by-boss-in-drug-sting.html 2016/01/13--Hard copy of Abq Free Press, VOL III Issue 1, 01/13/2016 An APD Undercover Horror Story, By Dennis Domrzalski p. 10 Brandau, Mike (1997) Gallup. Possible mixed case evidence (see Garrity Law), in connection with Paul Fitzjerrell case.  From Real Crimes http://www.realcrimes.com/Corruption_Overview.htm Briseno, Mike (2011) Farmington.  Behind The Blue Wall,  Farmington Daily Times, Cop Block: http://www.copblock.org/1831/new- mexico-police-officer-long-embroiled-in-brutality-controversy-quits-force/ Brown, C.J 1-ALBQ/3-MULT-SUIT/4-*TORRES* (04/12/2011) Albuquerque.  Detective involved in killing Christopher Torres Excerpt from The New Yorker (02/02/2015: Brown had already been rejected by the Albuquerque Police Department, in 1995, because he had bad credit, which was seen as a sign of recklessness. He ended up in the Roswell Police Department, three hours south of Albuquerque. While he was there, a city councillor brought a civil-rights lawsuit against him—she alleged that he had arrested her for exercising her right to free speech—and five citizens filed complaints. He was accused of injuring a man by throwing him to the ground; of humiliating a mother when arresting her for speeding; and of pointing his gun at someone who got out of his car too slowly. Later, he estimated that he had drawn his gun during a traffic stop on at least ten occasions. In 2005, he applied to work for the police department in Rio Rancho, just north of Albuquerque, but he was rejected for having a bad attitude. Since the last time he applied to the Albuquerque Police Department, Brown had been in two car accidents and filed for bankruptcy—events that the department typically considered indications of instability—but his second application was accepted, and he was given a signing bonus of five thousand dollars. He didn’t take a psychological exam. His training lasted six weeks…[after a struggle with Christopher…) Brown unholstered his pistol, a nine-millimetre handgun that he’d owned since he was sixteen. He pressed the muzzle against Christopher’s back and pulled the trigger. He didn’t hear any noise, and wondered if the gun had malfunctioned. He squeezed the trigger again. This time Christopher said, “Ow.” Christopher was still trying to get up, so Brown shot him in the back a third time. KRQE 03/11/2014: On Tuesday, the Torres family attorneys brought in a former Massachusetts State Police officer and firearms expert who claimed evidence doesn’t match the officers’ stories about what happened the night of Torres’ death.  http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/02/02/son-deceased http://krqe.com/2014/03/11/expert-hammers-officer-in-torres-trial/ http://2nd.nmdas.com/officer-involved-critical-incidents/Christopher%20Torres/Torres%20NEW%20Shooting%20Review.pdf http://www.occupy.com/article/amid-outcry-and-occupation-albuquerque-pay-6-million-wrongful-police- shooting#sthash.WHBQuo5k.dpbs Burns, Larry 1-JAL/2-CHF/3-SEX (2014) Jal, NM. Police Chief. City of Jal (COJ).   Off-Job sex photos of him by underling.  The Blaze  http://krqe.com/2014/05/15/police-chief-caught-on-camera/ http://www.theblaze.com/news/2014/06/01/this-police-chief-was-caught-on-camera-doing-something-obscene-but-one-of-his- officers-got-fired-over-it http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2645885/Police-chief-caught-camera-having-sex-ambulance-uniform-cop-secretly-filmed- one-got-sacked.html Burt, Darryl 1-ALBQ/2-SHF DEP-BCSO/3-MULT-SEX-FEL (1990s) Albuquerque. SEX Excerpt From Real Crimes: - Albq. Journal “(04/07/1991):  Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputy, Darryl Burt, recently named senior officer in the BCSO Gang Unit, was accused of forcing a 24-yr-old, male, Mexican national to submit to forced sex acts in a BCSO vehicle and threatening the victim with a gun.”… “Deputy senior officer in the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department Gang Unit, was charged with kidnapping, criminal sexual penetration, and other felonies in connection with the traffic stop of a 24-yr-old male, as well as 34 counts of sexual assault and extortion of a 16-yr-old boy.  He was also found guilty of drug trafficking charges”… “(02/22/1992): Albuquerque Journal: District Court Judge ordered Bernalillo County Sheriff Ray Gallagher to keep members of his Crime Suppression Unit away from witnesses in the sexual assault case against BCSO Deputy Darryl Burt Sheriff Gallagher admitted to having destroyed evidence in the case against Deputy Burt” …”(04/25/1995): Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Deputy Darryl Burt, who was acquitted in Nov. 1992 of sex related charges, was indicted on 34 counts of sexual assault and extortion of a 16-yr-old boy over a number of months and a number of different encounters.  (These charges were unrelated to the sex charges filed against him previously.)  Burt was placed on unpaid leave from BCSO.  He later pled guilty to two misdemeanor charges and was sentenced to 728 days in jail…”(08/1996): Former BCSO Deputies Darryl Burt, (once an undercover narcotics agent) and Michael Disney were taken into federal custody as the result of drug raids in their homes, after being videotaped selling drugs in a parking lot across from Eldorado High School.  Both men were working at The Wild Side, Disney’s drug paraphernalia shop.  At the time of the raid at Burt’s house, Burt and a 17-yr-old male took off through the bedroom window, both wearing only boxer shorts.  A loaded 45- caliber handgun, a Fix-A-Flat can filled with cocaine, and a BCSO badge and credentials were among the items found in Burt’s garage.  Both Burt and Disney later pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute.  The men were described as partners in a heavily armed El Paso-to-Albuquerque drug trafficking operation.  Burt was sentenced to 2 years and 9 months on a cocaine distribution conviction in US District Court.” 10/16/98: Albuquerque Journal: Former BCSO deputy Darryl Burt, now a federal inmate, has instigated a civil rights suit against the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department claiming he is owed back pay and benefits denied him after he was charged with 34 counts of sexual assault and extortion of a 16-yr-old boy.  In 7/99 a federal judge dismissed the suit.(From Real Crimes)  Byers (first name?)  GAL/OFC/ARREST/STRIP-ILL/RETAL/SUIT (2001) Gallup.  Arresting officer of Emily Ellison. False arrest, illegal strip search as political retaliation. In the week of January 1, 2001, a lawsuit alleging false arrest and an unconstitutional strip search in retaliation for supporting a particular candidate for district attorney settled for $50,000. https://www.prisonlegalnews.org/news/2007/may/15/new-mexico-50000-settlement-for-false-arrest-unconstitutional-strip- search/ UPDATES Updates: 2018/12/312018/09/16 Capehart, Daniel NMSP added/Albq Jrnl, Justice.gov, etc; 2018/01/31Artis,JereyHO-SUIT-DISCR;01/18/2018 Carter, Russ-ALBQ DET added; 01/11/2018 page cleaned up incl duplicate names index, etc.; Anders, Billy-CLD added; 01/06/2018: Dear, Jaremy excerpt from Albq Jrnl 2016/06/23;  01/03/2018 approx Duran-SNTA FE; 12/30/2017 Chavez, Gordon ex-CORR FBI record; 12/25/2017  Costales, Sam links incl UNM Youtube video; Brown, CJ links 2nd NMDAS, Occupy; Burns Larry links added TDaily Mail, he Blaze; Babcock Todd 2015-16 material;Avila, Greg status shifted to Deceased from 08/2015; Error correction - suspect, not police officer -Apodaca, Paul removed as police officer and added to Merriman , Ronald as suspect12/24/2017 changes to placement of various sections; codes moved to separate page (see link); some amplification of and changes to codes 11/26/2017 Chavez, Jose (KOD/Hatch 08/12/2016);; Coffman, Rod/DS/Lea County/apparent suicide 2011;  Wilson, Dusty; Wallace, Edmund/lea county/sex abuse of inmate; 11/25/2017 Justice dt gov CASA APD monitoring report; 11/05/2017 Threlkeld, Eric/Carlsbad/ letter to editor Current Argus/on domestic violence issues/reforms; Emmert, Richard/Farmington/cleared of charges;Vigil, Matthew/Espanola/Child Abuse; Malone, Casey/Farmington/clearing allegations regarding another officer. 05/29/2017; 03/19/2017
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