Questions emerge about police lapel video in Hawkes’ shooting death case

Mary Hawkes
Mary Hawkes was shot by an APD officer after allegedly pointing a gun at him.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – There are new questions about the deadly shooting of a woman by an Albuquerque Police Department officer.

Suspected truck thief Mary Hawkes was shot and killed after a brief foot chase with police near Zuni and Wyoming in 2014. Her family is suing for wrongful death.

Now, new court filings include testimony from a former police officer and consultant, saying some of the lapel videos from the shooting were edited before they were uploaded and saved as evidence.

The lawsuit is now accusing APD of spoilage and asking for sanctions. The documents also claim fellow officers on the scene have changed their testimony.

The city has denied claims officers edited videos to protect other officers and original versions are saved. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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