ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Family members of people killed by Albuquerque police delivered a petition to the U.S. Attorney demanding that some police officers involved in lethal force be criminally charged. The group delivered a petition of more than 47,000 signatures to U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez demanding a federal investigation of Albuquerque police who shot and killed 27 people since 2010, but at a news conference in Civic Plaza after their meeting, group members said they left not expecting the justice they’re hoping for.
“If our servants, our elected officials, don’t get this bull by the horn and get it corralled, there could be some collateral damage. Obviously communities all across the country are extremely upset,” said Ken Ellis. His son, an Iraqi war veteran suffering PTSD, was shot and killed by an APD officer outside a 7-Eleven in January 2010.
Mike Gomez also pounded the pavement at the news conference calling for change. His son, Alan, was killed outside their home near San Mateo and Candelaria three and a half years ago. Gomez wants officers held to the same standards other citizens are held to.
“Because if there’s not any accountability, it’s just going to show every officer all over the country, like it’s been happening, that their badge is a license to kill and do anything that they want to do,” Gomez said.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office couldn’t immediately be reached for comment on how the meeting went.
Citizen activists made it clear that Albuquerque was on top of addressing police lethal force issues well before the recent outrage in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York, after grand juries refused to bring charges forward against police officers.