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Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 10:00 pm | Updated: 8:32 am, Thu Jun 19, 2014.

State police investigators waited four days to interview Española police Officer Jerry Apodaca and his partner, Officer Ritchie Trujillo, after Apodaca shot and killed 16-year-old Victor Villalpando.

The teen’s June 8 shooting death has raised questions by the victim’s family and criminal justice experts on how investigators have handled the case. One question that still remains is whether the teen pointed a gun at Apodaca, as Española police have said. But another question being raised by criminology experts and former law enforcement officers contacted by The New Mexican is why it took so long to interview the officers involved.

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5 comments:

  • Mark Ordonez posted at 8:34 am on Fri, Jun 20, 2014.

    marcoordonez Posts: 1107

    LOL, weak, weak but I'm sure you'll be on here again defending cops when they screw up again and believe me, it won't be long. Oh look, State Cops lied, they never did interview Apodaca or Trujillo. You enablers are some bunch.

     
  • Francisco Carbajal posted at 5:33 pm on Thu, Jun 19, 2014.

    FranciscoCarbajal Posts: 304

    I guess there are both victim's in this scenario because it is a no-win situation. Every one suffers. In terms of attempting to answer some of Mr. Mark Ordonez concerns, I would rather just leave it alone and move on. People will say or write what they want regardless if the opinion is right or wrong or fact or whatever.

     
  • Mark Ordonez posted at 2:05 pm on Thu, Jun 19, 2014.

    marcoordonez Posts: 1107

    Apparently my last post was deleted for using the more excitable version of LOL which contains an M an A and an O. Word to the wise, Don't Use That version!!!

    Mr. Carbajal, First let me state that no I don't know you and no I don't want to go on a ride-a-long, and don't see that that is relevant. What I do know is views like yours are dangerous because you advocating censorship of the press and the general public should NEVER question the tactics of law enforcement. You state that because of this paper publishing stories questioning law enforcement procedures, "the perception of every police officer and the agency they work for is 'suspect' and deserves a bad reputation." Your sentiments are being taught at our Law Enforcement Academies throughout the U.S. but on the flip side, towards civilians. ALL civilians are suspect and are guilty until proven innocent. That is what the general public is erroneously viewed as, by the majority of law enforcement and the sky is falling citizenry, possibly like yourself.
    So, Francisco, would you agree that in your opinion, it is okay for peace officers to see civilians as suspect but NOT for civilians to see peace officers as having ill intent?
    Aside from you more than likely answering YES, it saddens me you are more concerned with these agencies Public Relations department's so-called dilemmas, than you are with how to avoid bloodshed involving those we pay to keep the peace.

     
  • Joseph Hempfling posted at 8:57 am on Thu, Jun 19, 2014.

    joehempfling Posts: 492

    and what about the trauma experienced by the victim and his or her family ? how much time is being taken into consideration there?

     
  • Francisco Carbajal posted at 7:32 am on Thu, Jun 19, 2014.

    FranciscoCarbajal Posts: 304

    What I have seen so far since the DOJ report was released to the public, the perception of every police officer and the agency they work for in NM is "suspect" and deserves a bad reputation. Now, in this officer-related shooting in Espanola, the NMSP is being blamed for waiting too long to investigate and interview the officer involved in a shooting. It really doesn't matter on what outcome will sufficed from this investigation because the public perception will now be "suspect" and the public relations nightmare for every police department and its officers creditability will not be trusted. [scared]

     

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