NM Police Abuses/Names: A     B    Page 3 C (here)    D    E     F      G     H     IJK    L      M-   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 C    Alphabetical Linked List of Summaries (below table)     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* 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 C      Campa, Joseph1-CRUC     Candelaria, Lawrence 1-ALBQ     Candelaria, Leonard see Lawrence     Capehart, Daniel 1-FMN/BLOOMFIELD/ 2-NMSP-OFC/SEX-DRUG-INDICTED-PRIS Carillo, John 1-ALBQ   Carter, Russ 1-ALBQ /2-DET /3-SUIT-SHT-FEL CHARGE 2008 /4-*ROBERTSON*     Castillo, Victor 1- PORT/3-SEX-MNR     Chan, Tai 1-SNTA FE POLICE, INCIDENT SILVER CTY/2-DEP/3-UNRULY-SHT-KLL DEP Chase, Christopher 1-ALBQ/OFC/FORCE   Chavez, Gordon 1-ALBQ/2-CORR-PROBTNn/3-SUIT-SEX  Chavez, Jose 1-HTCH/KOD (08/12/2016)     Chavez, Levi 1-ALBQ /4-*TERA CHAVEZ*     Chavez, Robert 1-DEM/OFC/FORCE/*ECKERT*     Chavez, Timothy 1-ALBQ/SEX/DRP     Christesen, Ken 1-FMN/CHF/INFO     Clifton, Michael 1-CRUC/2-OFC/3-CRASH-MISDEM-TAMPR-RESIGNED   Coffman, Rod 1-HOB/SUIC 12/04/2011     Conley, Bill 1-ALBQ/LT/*DANIELS*    Contreras, Mark 1-SIL/DOM/STLK/KLL/SUIC/*BASCOM*     Contreras, Mario 1-DEX/CHF/STLK     Corvinus, Clint 1-ALGRDO/3-KOD 09/02/2016     Costales, Sam 1-ALBQ/3-REF-WHISTLE     Countryman, Levi 1-FMN/2-SHF-DEP/3-RING     Currell, Duane 1-ALBQ/2-OFC-APD/3-SEX-KIDNP   SUMMARIES-C’s: BRIEF EXCERPTS/SOURCES NEW MEXICO POLICE thegoldenrivernet-systemabuse-policeabuse-newmexico-policenames Campa, Joseph.  Las Cruces https://photographyisnotacrime.com/2017/02/17/new-mexico-couple-awarded-1-6-million-in-police-abuse-case/ Candelaria, Lawrence. (04/25/1998) Albuquerque. Narcotics (heroin) conspiracy to traffic.  Excerpt from Real Crimes: 4/25/98 Lawrence Candelaria, Identification Tech at APD, (processes fingerprints and takes mug shots), was charged with intent to distribute narcotics.  Earlier in the year, Candelaria compromised an arrest warrant when he warned the target, his brother Leonard, that police were about to search his home. When a second warrant was served, police found heroin packaged for distribution.  Lawrence Candelaria was arrested for conspiracy to traffic in heroin; Leonard Candelaria was booked for possession of heroin. (From Real Crimes) Candelaria, Leonard. (04/25/1998) See Lawrence Candelaria. Capehart, Daniel. (07/2018-first court case) FMN/BLOOMFIELD.  Drugs, sexual misconduct.   https://www.daily-times.com/story/news/crime/2018/07/02/state-police-officer-accused-federal-drug-trafficking-charges-daniel- capehart/753102002/ https://www.abqjournal.com/1194173/details-emerge-in-sting-arrest-of-nm-state-police-officer.html https://www.justice.gov/usao-nm/pr/new-mexico-state-police-officer-arrested-federal-drug-trafficking-charges Carillo, John (01/30/1984) Albuquerque.  Excerpt from Real Crimes: Criminal Case: State v. Charles William Holman, et al., Sex Club of Albuquerque: A list of people involved in this party/prostitution club included police officers, state legislators, lawyers, and judges.”  (From Real Crimes) Carter, Russ  Albuquerque. Detective.  Excerpt Abq Jrnl-2017/01/17: The police identified the officers as Sgt. Eric Brown and Detectives Russ Carter and Nava Marquez. Carter has been involved in multiple on-duty shootings over the years…Carter has been with Albuquerque police since 1997. He became a tactical officer in 2002, and has been honored by the department for his work in the K9 unit.  A lawsuit filed against the city alleges that Carter has fired his weapon eight times in the line of duty, not including the recent shooting.  The lawsuit was filed by the family of Jeremy Robertson, who was shot and killed by two SWAT officers in 2014. According to that lawsuit, Carter shot and killed a dog in 2000; shot at a vehicle in 2003; fired his weapon on two occasions in 2005; fired his weapon during a SWAT standoff in Pecos in 2007; shot Jay Murphy Sr. in 2008; shot Gary Atencio in 2012; and shot at Jeremy Robertson in 2014 while he was assigned to the now-disbanded Repeat Offender Project.Celina Espinoza, a police spokeswoman, said according to internal affairs records Carter has shot at people four times, dogs twice and a vehicle once.Carter was charged with a felony in 2008 after he got into a bar fight while on a Department of Energy training session in Fort Smith, Ark.Carter and other officers “are representative of a culture of aggression at APD,” Laura Ives, an attorney for the Robertson family, wrote in the Robertson lawsuit, which was filed in 2nd Judicial District Court. 2017/01/17--https://www.abqjournal.com/929725/police-release-officers-names-additional-details-from-recent-police- shooting.html Castillo, Victor.  (2012) Portales. Officer.  SEX - with minor. Excerpt from Amarillo by Jim McBride, 07/19/2016:  A former Portales, N.M. police officer was sentenced Tuesday to serve 25 years in prison for having a sexual relationship with a New Mexico high school student.  Victor Castillo, 46, was sentenced Tuesday in a Portales court after pleading guilty to 12 different sex charges.http://amarillo.com/news/2013-04-23/portales-officer-sentenced-student-sex-abuse-case  https://sexoffenderissues.blogspot.com/2013/04/nm-ex-portales-cop-victor-castillo-gets.html Chan, Tai. (2014) Santa Fe.  Deputy.  Killed another deputy Jeremy Martin via multiple gunshots to back during a brawl at a hotel. Chan is the nephew of Santa Fe County Commissioner Robert Anaya. http://www.koat.com/article/deputy-charged-in-murder-of-fellow-deputy-1/5060043 Chase, Christopher. (12/2004) Albuquerque. (OFC, FORCE) From Real Crimes:   “Dec. 2004: A teenage male was awarded $17,000 for his claim that APD Officer Christopher Chase beat him with a flashlight in September 2002.” http://www.realcrimes.com/Corruption_Overview.htm Chavez, Gordon  1-ALBQ/2-CORR-PROBTNn/3-SUIT-SEX  FBI-2013/09/03--Former New Mexico Probation Officer Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault and False Statement Charges 2013/09/03--https://archives.fbi.gov/archives/albuquerque/press-releases/2013/former-new-mexico-probation-officer- pleads-guilty-to-sexual-assault-and-false-statement-charges Chavez, Jose.  Hatch KOD  (08/12/2016)Police Officer Jose Chavez was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop on Franklin Street at approximately 3:40 pm.  One of the vehicle's passengers exited the vehicle during the stop and opened fire on Officer Chavez, wounding him. www.odmp.org/officer/22923-police-officer-jose-ismael-chavez http://kfoxtv.com/news/local/us-honor-flag-travels-to-borderland-to-honor-fallen-hatch-officer Chavez, Levi. Albuquerque.  Former Albuquerque Police Department (APD) officer Levi.  Cutting Edge News 10/06/2011: Meanwhile, former Albuquerque Police Department (APD) officer Levi Chavez who is charged with the 2007 murder of his wife in a case that could involve a crime ring that was sending stolen cars to Mexico, pleads not guilty. Earlier this year, the city government of Albuquerque paid out $230,000 to Tara Chavez’s family in a settlement of a wrongful death lawsuit. http://krqe.com/2016/12/05/levi-chavez-stalled-in-bid-to-get-law-enforcement-certification-back/ http://krqe.com/2015/07/16/levi-chavez-sues-detective-over-murder-investigation/ 07-27-2015--http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/ex-officer-acquitted-of-wife-s-death-heading-to- law/article_b8005bab-3cbd-5887-985b-7892c02a76f2.html 07/29/2013--https://www.abqjournal.com/227488/albuquerque-police-chief-leaves-with-mixed-legacy.html http://www.koat.com/article/levi-chavez-civil-lawsuit-dismissed-1/5052711 10/06/2011--http://www.thecuttingedgenews.com/index.php?article=52865 https://www.nbcnews.com/dateline/video/the-officers-wife-part-1-49273411756 Chavez, Robert. (2013) Deming. Anal Probing incident in connection with David Eckert case. Huffington Post Chavez, Timothy. Albuquerque.Saturday, August 25, 2007 Ex-Cop's Charges In Rape Dropped   https://www.abqjournal.com/news/metro/589002metro08-25-07.htm Christesen, Ken.  Farmington and San Juan County. Excerpt From ice dot gov (Article 12/27/2014):  “San Juan County Sheriff  said, ‘I am proud of the efforts of the Region II and HSI agents who put this case together. This partnership from state, local and federal agencies is an example of what can be accomplished when we work together to make our communities safer.”  Lawsuit against Christesen: County pays $500K to settle lawsuit Excerpt: Former San Juan County Sheriff’s Office employees who filed a lawsuit more than a year ago against Sheriff Ken Christesen and others alleging retaliation have settled for $500,000, according to court documents (see Farmington Daily Times, by Dan Schwartz, 2015/10/07) https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-results-27-arrests-accused-nm-drug-traffickers Excerpt From Borderland Beat (2011): San Juan County.  “San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen said he’s “absolutely” concerned that cartels are targeting his deputies. “They’re already here,” he said. “There’s three cartels working in San Juan County right now.” In 2003, Christesen worked for the Region II Drug Task Force when officials caught a former deputy named Mike Marshall dealing drugs.  Then, in 2007, the FBI discovered traitors inside the drug task force. New Mexico State Police Officer Keith Salazar and former San Juan County Sheriff’s Deputy Levi Countryman were feeding information to a drug cartel.“To keep the cartels safe, they told them what the task force was doing on a daily basis,” Christesen said. “Every time an informant was developed, they passed that information on. Every time a search warrant was obtained, they passed that information on.”In essence, the cartels knew everything law enforcement was doing, he said.  All three of those men are now serving time in prison. But Christesen knows there are more crooked cops in bed with the cartels.  Excerpt from Farmington Daily Times.  By Dan Schwartz (11/08/2015):  Utley, who worked in law enforcement for 25 years before retiring last year, did not return a phone call seeking comment for this story.  “It’s unfortunate that he worked that long in law enforcement and ended up this way, but this says a lot about character,” San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen said.  San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen (photo is in article) Utley and three other former employees of the Sheriff’s Office filed a lawsuit last year against Christesen claiming he retaliated against them with unjust demotions and work-place harassment because they wouldn’t support his re-election campaign. In early October, the county settled the lawsuit for $500,000.  Sheriff’s Office Capt. Brice Current, former Undersheriff Ron Anderson, the Sheriff’s Office, the county and its commissioners were also defendants. Lisa Haws, Matt Wilcox and Utley’s wife, Beth Utley, were the other plaintiffs.  The lawsuit claimed the accusations against Shane Utley were “bogus” and “nothing more than retaliation.” But Christesen says the academy determined Shane Utley is deceptive and lied.  Christesen described the lawsuit as a political torpedo aimed at his 2014 reelection campaign. He said the half-million- dollar settlement, a business decision by the county’s insurance company, has no bearing on accuracy of the claims made against him in the lawsuit.  “Everything we do is based on integrity,” he said.  Excerpt from Judith Miller:  But sensitive task-force information kept leaking out to the Tarangos, much to Christesen's frustration. Every time Christesen got close to persuading someone to talk or testify in a drug-related case, the inquiry would fall apart. A parade of witnesses who had agreed to testify would suddenly change their minds. One potential witness in a drug case against Josh Tarango, Danny's younger brother, refused to testify in 2006 after her daughter's car was burned on her front lawn. "Every time we got close to tying Tarango to Countryman," Christesen recalls, "an informant would be burned"—intimidated, that is. "I began to think that our own building was bugged. I even asked the FBI to do a sweep." Tired of waiting for federal help, "we finally bought old equipment and did it ourselves." The sweep turned up nothing. Meanwhile, violence in San Juan County kept escalating, much of it apparently tied to Danny Tarango. 2018/01/14--http://www.koat.com/article/new-mexico-sheriff-puts-controversial-post-on-social-media/15160717  https://www.abqjournal.com/636929/state-law-enforcement-academy-finds-former-sheriffs-office-captain-lied.html http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2011/05/cartel-violence-cash-infiltrating-us.html http://www.daily-times.com/story/news/local/four-corners/2015/11/08/academy-revokes-former-captains-certification/75235774 Case against this Sheriff by Shane Utley:  2015/10/07-https://www.daily-times.com/story/news/local/farmington/2015/10/07/county-pays-500k-settle-lawsuit/73523316/ https://www.scribd.com/document/220210798/Complaint-against-San-Juan-County-Sheriff-Ken-Christesen http://www.judithmiller.com/6482/mexicanization-american-law-enforcement Clifton, Michael. (2014) Las Cruces. Crash related issues, including tampering with evidence.  Excerpt Abq Journal.  By James Staley.  03/26/2014 Facing misdemeanor charges related to an early-morning crash on Interstate 25, a longtime Las Cruces police officer has resigned.  New Mexico State Police, the agency investigating the crash, has filed misdemeanor charges against Clifton – careless driving, leaving a crash scene, failure to give notice of a crash and failure to give a written report related to the crash.  He’s also facing evidence tampering charges, which in this case is classified as a petty misdemeanor. https://www.abqjournal.com/374417/cruces-officer-resigns-amid-charges.html Coffman, Rod. (12/04/2011) Hobbs. Lea County Sheriff.  Apparent suicide . Excerpt from ABQ Journal 12/6/201 By Rene Romo:  Coffman worked for the Hobbs Police Department for seven years and then spent 13 years in the sheriff’s department, working his way up to the rank of captain, the highest nonelected position in the agency. Coffman, a Republican, was elected sheriff with nearly 59 percent of the vote in 2006, and he won re-election to a second four-year term in November 2010 by garnering 73.4 percent of the vote while running against a conservative independent candidate. The Lea County Sheriff’s Department is moving into a new $8 million headquarters in Lovington, and Coffman also presided over the creation of a regional emergency dispatch center and emergency operations center, said county manager Mike Gallagher. https://www.abqjournal.com/73430/lea-sheriff-apparent-suicide.html http://www.dps.state.nm.us/index.php/state-police-investigating-lea-county-sheriff-suicide/ Conley, Bill. (1986) Albuquerque. Police Lt., associated with Linda Daniels murder case.  AP News Archive Contreras, Mark. (2016) Silver City.  Murder - killed girlfriend then himself.  Excerpt from SC Daily 09/07/2016: Killed ex-girlfriend, then shot himself. Just over an hour after that second interaction with Nelson on April 21, Contreras tracked Bascom to a friend’s house in the 1300 block of Serinna Court. There, even after a witness was able to coax one gun away from the officer, Contreras produced another gun, and shot and killed Bascom, then himself. Notice update of US News-11/17/2017 http://www.scdailypress.com/site/2016/09/07/murder-suicide-cop-threatened-doctor/ http://www.scdailypress.com/site/2016/09/10/family-to-sue-town-county-in-murder-suicide/ https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/new-mexico/articles/2017-11-17/lawsuit-silver-city-hired-violent-cop-who-later-killed- ex Contreras, Mario. (2015) Dexter.  Police Chief.  Stalking.  Excerpt from KRQE12/24/2015:  Police Chief charged with stalking. The clerk claims Contreras had been harassing her for more than a year including once when he got into her car after work and refused to get out until she gave him a kiss. Police reports show other women in town say Contreras harassed them too, making crude gestures to them and touching them inappropriately. After months of investigation state police filed an arrest warrant for Contreras.He turned himself in on Tuesday. He’s charged with three counts of battery and two counts of stalking.Contreras bonded out of jail on a $1,500 cash or surety bond. http://krqe.com/2015/12/24/former-dexter-police-chief-charged-with-stalking/ Corvinus, Clint 1-ALMGRDO/3-KOD 09/02/2016  (KOD) (2016) Alamagordo. Killed on duty 09/02/2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwhrPsl9t5M Costales, Sam. 1-ALBQ/2-OFC/3-REF-WHISTLE  (2009) Albuquerque. Retired officer. Describes police abuses in Albuquerque. Won lawsuit against APD.  (Also see section Victim Incidents/Cases)  11/26/2009--https://www.abqjournal.com/news/metro/26224624341newsmetro11-26-09.htm 09/30/2014--https://www.npr.org/2014/09/30/352773117/albuquerque-police-department-faces-federal-and-public-scrutiny 03/06/2015--https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mz_PFI2zrRM [2nd in a series of 8 college classes entitled "Police Violence and Social Control". UNM  (Univ. of NM-ALBQ) tenured professor David Correia is the instructor.Retired APD Officer Sam Costales is interviewed by UNM Junior Jack Cox and members of the  public] Countryman, Levi. 1-FMN/2-SHF-DEP/3-RING (2007)  Farmington.  San Juan COunty Sheriff’s Deputy.  Cartel participation.  Excerpt from Borderland Beat: “Then, in 2007, the FBI discovered traitors inside the drug task force. New Mexico State Police Officer Keith Salazar and former San Juan County Sheriff’s Deputy Levi Countryman were feeding information to a drug cartel.” Excerpt from Stop the Drug War (12/7/2007): According to this federal indictment Countryman acted as the middleman while a Mexican national named Daniel Tarango did the actual dealing. The scheme described in the indictment was simple: Salazar handed over insider information to Countryman who then passed it along to Tarango making it nearly impossible for drug agents to catch him. http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2011/05/cartel-violence-cash-infiltrating-us.html http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2007/dec/07/law_enforcement_weeks_corrupt_co Currell, Duane. 1-ALBQ/2-OFC-APD/3-SEX-KIDNP  (06/20/2003) Albuquerque. Officer.  Excerpt From Real Crimes: “6/20/03: Albq. Journal: APD Officer Duane Currell was indicted on charges he coerced a woman into exposing herself and then grabbed her during a traffic stop.” Real Crimes: http://www.realcrimes.com/Corruption_Overview.htm  06/20/2003 http://www.koat.com/article/albuquerque-cop-indicted-on-sex-charges/5015479 UPDATES Updates: 2018/09/16 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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