ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The former custodian of records for the Albuquerque Police Department claims the department had a secret policy of refusing to turn over police or surveillance videos in high-profile police shootings like the James Boyd case that’s according to an affidavit filed in the Mary Hawkes lawsuit.
He says the department made police or surveillance videos disappear or altered them in the Hawkes case and another shooting.
The fired worker, Reynaldo Chavez, who has filed a whistleblower suit against the city, claims APD brass and the mayor’s administration were behind this.
Chavez also alleges that APD higher-ups instructed officers not to mention in their police reports that they had video, until it could be determined whether the video could get the department in trouble.
District Attorney Kari Brandenburg has alerted the feds about claims.
The mayor’s office did not respond to requests for comment.