APD officer and photographer scuffle

APD officer and photographer scuffle

There are 1267 comments on the KOB.com Eyewitness News 4 - New Mexico story from May 29, 2008, titled APD officer and photographer scuffle. In it, KOB.com Eyewitness News 4 - New Mexico reports that:

An Eyewitness News 4 photographer was cuffed and cited Thursday morning for disobeying a police officer.

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Jack

United States

#289 May 30, 2008
For the record there appear to be two "Jacks" posting. I'm a current fed. the other claims to be a retired officer.

None of this has to do with politics, revenue or the Mayor. It looks to me like this officer got angry and attacked the reporter, who was standing on a public street. The reporter may not have realized it, but given the officers body language, the attack was coming. The reporter was wise to keep the camera rolling to defend himself. I'm almost certain that the reporter would have been charged with assaulting the officer, resisting arrest, etc. In my expert opinion, the officer should be charged with misdemeanor assault, unlawful arrest. A good police officer should be able to size up any situation and react accordingly. You can't blame the whole dapartment and/or system for one incident. I also have personal experience with APD and both of them were negative.
diveboy

Melbourne, FL

#290 May 30, 2008
Concerned Resident wrote:
I would like to see the entire footage caught by KOB. It is apparent that KOB only wants its viewers to see a small portion of the entire incident. NO ONE can judge the action of either the officer or camera man unless the entire video is seen. LETS SEE ALL THE EVIDENCE or this is all just a waste of time.
And the winner is...!

Glad I'm not the only one calling KOB on their half-assed attempt to provide "raw" footage.
Mikie

Albuquerque, NM

#291 May 30, 2008
The media only shows you what they want you to see, i'd like to see the whole tape. This is what we pay our officers to do, to arrest people who don't follow the rules, media or not. The officer obviously should be cleared of any wrongdoings.
Good Job A.P.D. maybe this will teach these guys a lesson!
diveboy

Melbourne, FL

#292 May 30, 2008
Reader wrote:
This gets better by the minute. The first few times I viewed this video, you clearly hear the cameraman goading the officer with his sarcasm. Now you watch the video and that part has been completely edited out. What else did you edit out of your "raw footage?" Lack of credibility as is par for channel 4. What a joke of news station.
Here's an observation on that...

At first I thought maybe the mic got cut off or broken in the scuffle and that's why the audio cut out.

Then I listened closer. The audio fades out.

That means it was tampered with.
Angus

Florence, AL

#293 May 30, 2008
I grew up in Alb., born here in 1961 and I will be moving as soon as possible. Albuquerque was a great city back then now it's one of the worst. APD is out of control, crime is out of control, gangs are out of control, drivers are out of control, and the school system stinks. I give up!
the film doesnt lie

Santa Fe, NM

#294 May 30, 2008
Ha ha ha ha.....! Ask Al Unser how his lawsuite worked out. Wah wah wah he was sarcastic to me Chief... snivle, snifle, wah, wah, he hurt my feelings Chief wah, wah, I thought they taught this "Punk" restraint, professinalism, Verbal Judo... something in the Academy. What's the penalty if someone tells the officer to go F_ck himself? DEATH!
Albuquerque Police is

AOL

#295 May 30, 2008
"the largest, best trained, best organized, best equipped, best armed GANG in the state of New Mexico".

The City of Albuquerque spends MILLIONS every year in payments to people who have been abused by Albuquerque Police Officers, and hundreds of thousands, if not a million or two on some years, in fighting lawsuits over the absolutely stew-pid things Albuquerque cops do, from breaking into the wrong homes on a search warrant and brutalizing 80 year old women (July 16, 2004, Albuquerque Tribune Page 1), to crippling Doctors Without Borders surgeons while they were visiting Albuquerque, to sometimes even beating up or raping victims of crime, to murdering Albuquerque Police Officers own family members
(Camacho and Chavez cases), we have a department out of control and a Mayor who is perfectly willing to turn a blind eye to the whole thing due to the dirt the Albuquerque Police has apparently on him. What a city!

This case is typical of Albuquerque cops and their efforts to cover up brutality. The press and tv, and citizens have EVERY RIGHT to document police actions and it is in all our best interests to see that they keep having this right.
Gene Ayala

San Diego, CA

#296 May 30, 2008
When I watched the video Thursday night and it was a complete video showing the oficer telling the photographer where the staging area was and the arrest. Why are you only showing the officer arresting the photographer? Seems you are protecting your own and not showing the full story.
Beater Brain

Huntsville, AL

#297 May 30, 2008
Spoken like a true APD cop Mikie, your departmental norms of beating people down for not obeying commands reflects an organizational sickness. It is a behavioral illness based on power and distaste for anyone NOT wearing your uniform.

Do you also beat down your kids, or your wife, or anyone who disagrees with your opinions too?
Mikie wrote:
The media only shows you what they want you to see, i'd like to see the whole tape. This is what we pay our officers to do, to arrest people who don't follow the rules, media or not. The officer obviously should be cleared of any wrongdoings.
Good Job A.P.D. maybe this will teach these guys a lesson!
Debbie

Albuquerque, NM

#298 May 30, 2008
I have heard the story and watched the video from KOB. I just want to say while the officer may have overreacted I believe the photographer has a bigger responsibility for the situation.

These officers were dealing with a difficult and dangerous situation. Their responsibility is to protect the public and themselves. In this case shots had been fired and they were probably in a high state of awareness. Into this situation walks a photographer who should have been elsewhere but instead of apologizing for being in the wrong place he was challenging them. It is the responsibility of the news providers to ensure that their staff is located out of the way of the police so this man should have already known where the media staging area was rather than wondering around trying to get "the story" from a different view. Instead of providing a story he became the story and that is not good. At least he did not become the story because he became the victim of a shooter.

I hope he and others in your profession have learned a lesson about staying out of the way when police are doing their jobs. No story is worth putting others in danger.
diveboy

Melbourne, FL

#299 May 30, 2008
Gene Ayala wrote:
When I watched the video Thursday night and it was a complete video showing the oficer telling the photographer where the staging area was and the arrest. Why are you only showing the officer arresting the photographer? Seems you are protecting your own and not showing the full story.
Sounds to me like the jury is weighing in.

KOB - you're FOS.
Im Just Sayin

Albuquerque, NM

#300 May 30, 2008
Good job KOB. You only release the part of the video showing the part favorable to you and your camera man. I notice there is nothing leading up to the confrontation showing whatever lawful warnings he was given and refused to obey. And yes that's right Cop haters you have to obey whether you personally like it or agree with it. That's the law of society. KOB You make it look like this Officer just attacked for no reason. SHOW IT ALL or NOTHING.
Rickie B

Albuquerque, NM

#301 May 30, 2008
the film doesnt lie wrote:
Ha ha ha ha.....! Ask Al Unser how his lawsuite worked out. Wah wah wah he was sarcastic to me Chief... snivle, snifle, wah, wah, he hurt my feelings Chief wah, wah, I thought they taught this "Punk" restraint, professinalism, Verbal Judo... something in the Academy. What's the penalty if someone tells the officer to go F_ck himself? DEATH!
Yes death would be good for you. Stop stealing oxygen the rest of us need!!
Rickie B

Albuquerque, NM

#302 May 30, 2008
Most of you folks are a bunch of goofy cop haters. Its not even just the cops. You hate all authority, but are the first to call whining when someone does you wrong. Nothing is ever enough nor will it ever be. Loosers!
Beater Brain

Huntsville, AL

#303 May 30, 2008
Attacking the camera man like he is justified by not obeying a command? You cops defend each other to the end, I know this coming from a family of cops, I know your code.

All you cops see is that ANYONE not wearing a uniform is a DOG, that can or should be beaten down if it does not obey your command.
Gene Ayala wrote:
When I watched the video Thursday night and it was a complete video showing the oficer telling the photographer where the staging area was and the arrest. Why are you only showing the officer arresting the photographer? Seems you are protecting your own and not showing the full story.
Chris Marquez

Albuquerque, NM

#304 May 30, 2008
What was the deal with the camera guy having attitude with the officer? I see nothing wrong.
Yup

Cedar Crest, NM

#305 May 30, 2008
Albuquerque Police Dept. at it's finest. This officer shouldn't be carrying a badge or a gun. yikes! I would hate to see what would happen if he had to deal with a person that really gave him a hard time. Wow. Wonder what happens when the cameras arne't rolling??!!!
RUDY

Los Alamos, NM

#306 May 30, 2008
This is just another example
where the police are not adequately trained, and where they use the color of law, to use unauthorized force. This type of behavior is unproffesional and disturbing. This officer needs to be fired.
John

Rio Rancho, NM

#307 May 30, 2008
The photographer clearly lied and did not comply. Good Job for the APD. If he would have put the camera down like told he would not have been filming the police as shown. Once again, Good Job for APD.

John
Farmington
Don

Santa Clara, CA

#308 May 30, 2008
Yep, ABQ's finest at work. This is how they treat the public they are supposed to be protecting. Clear case of the policeman assalting the News person. He was not even smart enough to tell him to put the camera down. Not only is the cop a punk, but a dumb one at that. How much you want to bet that nothing is done?

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