DA ‘surprised’ by grand jury decision in officer shooting

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Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 10:00 pm

First Judicial District Attorney Angela “Spence” Pacheco said Tuesday she was surprised by a grand jury’s decision that cleared a state police officer who shot and killed a Santa Fe woman, but added that she did not see anything improper about the New Mexico State Police Department’s investigation.

A Santa Fe County grand jury found in a decision released last week that state police Officer Oliver Wilson was justified when he shot and killed Jeanette Anaya, 39, after a high-speed chase in the early morning hours of Nov. 7, 2013.

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  • Will Street posted at 1:34 pm on Tue, Feb 4, 2014.

    WillSt Posts: 3

    I never seen a cop get into a high speed pursuit with someone that pulled over and stopped. When will people take responsibility for their own actions? I don't think a cop ever shot at someone who was being complaint either. Get real people and realize that the way we raise our kids is how they respond when they grow up.

  • Julian R. Grace posted at 11:26 am on Wed, Jan 22, 2014.

    Logies New Mexican Posts: 336

    Correct. The vehicle was definitely moving in the direction away from the officer. There have been so many incidents where the police actors are so angry with whomever they're chasing you hear them using profanity and then look as though they're compelled to do the high-speed chase. That endangers the rest of us. If that's the policy after all the danger it creates we the people have to speak out before something tragic happens AGAIN!

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 1:02 am on Wed, Jan 22, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 1100

    DA Pacheco says she ".. looked at everything. I didn’t see any part of the investigation, that they conducted, as being improper.”

    Despite "concerns", she has no problem with State Police investigating a homicide at the hands of one of their own. Aside from that, did she fail to watch the police-car dashboard video of the chase and shooting? Did she find nothing possibly improper about an officer chasing after/alongside the vehicle (which at the time was moving AWAY from him) and shooting into it many times hitting the driver in the head and back, killing her? Justice may, or may not, be "blind", but the DA most surely is.


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