POC review officer defends work

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Did the people who quit the police watchdog group Tuesday do it out of moral outrage? Or are they angling for spots on a new revamped police oversight commission?

That’s what the city’s independent review officer is suggesting.

Three of the six members of the Police Oversight Commission quit on Tuesday.

They placed much of the blame on the Independent Review Officer Robin Hammer saying she consistently sides with the chief of police.

Hammer has defended her work reviewing cases of suspected police misbehavior.

She said members of the POC who quit may be angling for a spot on an improved oversight commission.

That’s because the city council is considering a revamp of the commission and might not allow current members to serve.

“Now they’ve put themselves into the pool of candidates eligible to be appointed to the changed or revised agency, because they are no longer sitting commissioners,” Robin Hammer said.

In fact virtually all of the circumstances the POC members complained about in their resignation letters have existed for years.

We reached the three commissioners by phone Wednesday, they said their resignation letters speak for themselves and declined to comment on Hammer’s remarks.

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