ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Almost two months after Taser, the manufacturer of Albuquerque Police lapel cameras, examined Officer Jeremy Dear’s camera, APD is releasing Taser’s findings.
It shows the officer’s camera got turned off in the minutes before he shot and killed a 19-year-old woman and was turned back on a few minutes after the shooting.
Lapel video from some officers captures the before and after of the fatal shots fired more than two months ago near Central and Wyoming, but there’s no video from Dear in the more than two hours he helped search for suspected truck thief, Mary Hawkes, and then shot and killed her.
No video to prove she pointed this gun at him, as Dear, the only witness to the shooting claims.
After inspecting Dear’s camera, Taser said the last time the officer recorded video was at 2:30 a.m., but Taser said the camera’s logs didn’t show any signs that Dear hit the record button in the two and a half hours he searched for Hawkes.
It does show the camera powered down at 5:46 a.m., about five minutes before Dear shot the teen, and then was powered back up about five minutes after the shooting.
Dear claims he hit record.
Taser said it can’t tell if the Dear hit record because the camera was off at the time.
Taser said there are only two ways to explain why it was off: Either the power switch on the camera’s controller was switched off, or a cable somehow became disconnected.
However, Taser tested the cable by pulling and twisting it and it only came out and powered off the camera when the jack came all the way out.
Even then, Taser said there’s usually a clip to keep the jack from coming out. That clip was missing.
Taser said the camera got turned off and then powered back on a few times in the hours before the shooting.
Again, Taser can’t say if Dear did that or if the cable somehow kept coming out.
Taser can say in the long stretches of time it was on there’s no evidence Dear ever hit the record button.
Dear, who is now on desk duty, has 11 use of force cases in his file over the past couple years.
He was reprimanded for not using his camera in two of the cases.
APD still hasn’t given KRQE the other cases to see if Dear used his camera in those.
They said criminal and internal investigations in the Hawkes case are ongoing.