ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – A Roswell man said he caught police breaking the law. He claims officers are speeding through neighborhoods at speeds of more than 80 mph without lights or sirens on.
The man started protesting around town with a sign saying, “slow down cops.” He also called 911 to report them.
“I’m calling to say these guys really need to slow down going down Sunset,” the man said. “They’re going 80 mph. No lights, no sirens. They are hauling ass.”
The Roswell resident said the officers were speeding on his block with no indication they were on their way to a scene.
“There were no ambulances, no fire trucks, no other cops to be heard,” the man said. “In my opinion, they’re not responding to anything at all.”
The man claims Roswell police constantly fly through the intersection of Union and Deming. He said last week one of them almost hit his 3-year-old daughter while the two were walking on a crosswalk.
“To have these people out and protect us and yet they’re the ones that we obviously have to stay away from on the roads,” he said.
To voice his concern, the man took to the streets this weekend carrying a sign saying “slow down cops.” He claims during his protest an officer told him he needed to stop.
“He said if I didn’t listen to him and go home it was basically obstructing justice,” he said.
Roswell police wouldn’t confirm if this happened. Police said every situation is different and their policy allows them to respond to some calls without lights or sirens.
KRQE News 13 tried to get a copy of the policy Monday and asked if it allows them to speed, but police never got back to us.
“I think what we’re missing here is just order, order in the police station ,order on the streets, but not only with the citizens but the cops themselves,” said the protestor.
According to the 911 call sheet from the day the man reported the officer speeding through town, there was a call in the area around the same time.
Police said in order for them to investigate the speeding claims, a formal complaint must be filed. That hasn’t happened in this case.
Albuquerque police and Bernallio County police require officers to use lights and sirens when on the way to a call.