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Shooting Of Mentally Disabled Man Spurs Lawsuit

From the Journal story by Jeff Proctor, Shooting Of Mentally Disabled Man Spurs Lawsuit

Hilda Valdez called 911 in November 2010, hoping Albuquerque police officers could help calm down her mentally disabled brother-in-law, who had been drinking and was threatening to harm himself with a knife.

It’s a decision she says she regrets.

Within a few minutes of officers arriving, Russell Tenorio had been shot in his home by APD officer Brian Pitzer, who had announced before entering the residence that he was “going lethal.” Immediately after the bullet struck Tenorio, he was Tasered by officer Doug Moore.

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Shooter cops and two others sued for force

An Albuquerque business man is suing four cops for roughing him up at his store. Two of the cops being sued have shot and killed citizens, and one has already been fired for it.

From KRQE News, Comic store owner suing APD for force:

A comic book shop owner is suing APD and four officers, a couple of whom have been at the center of controversy and big lawsuits, for allegedly roughing him up.

Jim Burleson, who used to own Tall Tale Comics in the Northeast Heights, said four men, Officers Brandon Carr, Bret Lampiris-Tremba, Luke Languit and Daniel Lopez, walked into his store in July 2010.

Burleson said the men asked to speak with him, so he escorted them to his office. Burleson said the men quickly started to become aggressive.

Burleson said when he ordered the four men out of his store, they attacked him.

Video on ABQ Police Shootings: "They Did Not Have to Die"

This video, They Did Not Have to Die, was produced by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Center Task Force on Social Justice for Public Safety in Albuquerque, NM. The video provides the first hand stories of six of the 13 families whose loved ones were killed by the Albuquerque Police Department between January 2010 and June 2011. The video’s Call to Action is to request a U.S. Department of Justice investigation in order to correct the abusive APD police practices and, ultimately, to ensure a safer Albuquerque community in which to live.

If you have comments on this video, please comment on the Facebook page. Your financial support for this effort is greatly appreciated. Produced by Avista Video.

Family sues city for hiring cop with history of excessive force complaints

The family of Alan Gomez, shot in 2011 by Sean Wallace, has filed suit against the City of Albuquerque, saying the city knew that Wallace had a history of problems and never should have hired him. From the Albuquerque Journal article by Jeff Proctor:

The Albuquerque Police Department should never have hired Sean Wallace as an officer, because his previous career in law enforcement was “marred by fraud and by excessive force claims, including deadly force,” according to a wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of an unarmed man Wallace fatally shot in May.

APD Shooter Cops

Starting a comprehensive list of all the shooter cops in Albuquerque. This list is under development now. It is incomplete and may have inaccurate or incomplete info. Please contact us with any corrections and additions. Please consider volunteering to adopt one or more of these cops.

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Volunteer Opportunity: Adopt the shooter cops

Albuquerque police shot and killed another man this month. Between January 2010 and August 2011, they shot 20 people, 15 fatally. That’s a shooting per month.

Despite these terrifying numbers, there is no comprehensive list anywhere on the internet of all the victims and all the shooters. We’ve started work on a list of all the shooter cops but there still a lot of research to do. This is a big volunteer opportunity for someone committed to police accountability.

Is it you? We’re looking for someone to identify the shooter cops so we can add them to our list of shooter cops. Then we need someone to adopt some or all of the couple dozen shooter cops in Albuquerque, look up their complaint records, and regularly report them to us. We need this information so we can maintain up-to-date public profiles of every police officer who has shot a citizen, for whatever reason.

If you or someone you know might be interested in this important service, please contact us.

Shooter cop's record leads to lawsuit over APD hiring practices

From the Albuquerque Journal article, Lawsuit puts APD hiring on trial by Jeff Proctor

It took two attempts for Brett Lampiris-Tremba to become an Albuquerque police officer.

In 1992, he was unsuccessful even though he lied to APD screeners about whether he had ever smoked marijuana, according to court documents.

Five years later, he admitted to being untruthful in his response to the drug question in the 1992 interview, and Lampiris-Tremba became a cop, the court records state.

During his 14 years with APD, Lampiris-Tremba used an electronic stun gun on a man during a traffic stop but didn’t properly document the incident, fired four shots from his rifle at a suspect’s car, crashed his squad car three times and was twice disciplined for failing to report leave time, the court records state.

For those and other reasons, Lampiris-Tremba shouldn’t have been hired or kept on at the department, according to attorneys for the family of an Iraq war vet who Lampiris-Tremba fatally shot outside a Northeast Heights convenience store in January 2010.