City asks judge to overturn board’s decision to reinstate fired officer


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The City of Albuquerque is making it clear why it doesn’t want to give fired cop Jeremy Dear his job back.

KRQE News 13 obtained a 21 page motion where the city tries to persuade a judge to overturn the personnel board’s decision to give Dear his job back.

In November, the board in a 3-2 vote, decided the city should reinstate Dear with only a 90 day suspension without pay.

The city quickly responded saying they’d fight the board’s decision in district court.

The motion claims after a slew of citizen complaints against Dear and use of force in cases where he failed to turn on his lapel cam, he was ordered to “record every citizen” interaction. According to the motion, APD found that he failed to record only 45 percent of the time and lied repeatedly about it. The motion also states the board ignored, “Chief Eden’s finding that Dear was untruthful throughout the investigation process is grounds for termination alone.”

Dear’s attorney, Thomas Grover, said he would file his response to the city’s motion Tuesday.

No date was released on when a district judge will hear both sides’ arguments.

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