Albuquerque Police Department Chief addresses officer arrest, lack of details in report

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department officer arrested and accused of beating up a man outside of a motel is already in trouble and the officer who responded with him could be in trouble too.

KRQE News 13 got a copy of the police report that one officer wrote up after the other is accused of beating the suspect. That report is glaring for everything the officers conveniently left out.

“Absolutely disgusting.” Chief Gorden Eden had choice words for Cedric Greer, the cop arrested and accused of beating up a man outside the Best Choice Inn March 20. “When you come to work in police work, it’s not what we do. When I read the report, I was troubled.”

He’s referring to a State Police report that outlined what happened that night.

Greer, Officer Jerry Rauch and an APD cadet took a call to the motel located near Central and Louisiana in reference to a “down and out” subject. Once there, they encountered Adrian Marthell who was passed out just outside of a room.

The officers found marijuana on him and Rauch went back to his cruiser. In that time, the report said Greer punched the suspect for looking at them. Rauch reportedly then came back and said he was “going live” or turning on his lapel camera. This is the first time the report mentions the use of the body cameras for either officer.

Eden told News 13 the cadet reported what happened on March 23. It wasn’t until April 13 that Eden took to YouTube to announce the investigation.

“Possible misconduct, excessive use of force by two of our officers,” Eden said in the recording.

KRQE News 13 asked him about the officers not turning on their body cameras until afterwards, he deflected.

“The FBI is still conducting an investigation, so is the U.S. Attorney’s Office,” Eden said. “I want to make sure I don’t do anything to impair their investigations.”

Then there’s the report Rauch filled out that night when they arrested Marthell.

The paragraph-long complaint didn’t say much and mentioned nothing of the punches and ended with “taser camera recorded.”

“All of that information is very concerning to me and that will be part of our internal affairs investigation,” Eden said.

Under APD policy, it was also Rauch’s duty to report Greer had used force, something only the cadet had the courage to do.

“We will look into specific violations on each one of these officers,” said Eden.

Both Greer and Rauch are on paid suspension.

Greer is charged with misdemeanor aggravated battery. In court Sunday, a judge arraigned him on a felony charge but State Police said that was due to a clerical error at MDC.

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