State police have yet to interview officers in fatal Española shooting

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Posted: Thursday, June 19, 2014 8:00 pm | Updated: 9:32 pm, Thu Jun 19, 2014.

Eleven days after the death of 16-year-old Victor Villalpando, New Mexico State Police investigators still had not interviewed the two Española police officers involved in the shooting.

Police say the teen was killed after he pointed a gun at an Española officer near Riverside Drive and Corlett Road on June 8.

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  • Mark Ordonez posted at 1:46 pm on Fri, Jun 20, 2014.

    marcoordonez Posts: 984


  • Michael Grimler posted at 12:59 pm on Fri, Jun 20, 2014.

    shooter Posts: 277

    As a former law enforcement officer, this is EXACTLY why I am a fervent proponent of EVERY officer/deputy being outfitted with a hat/glasses mounted video camera that cannot be turned off by the officer.

    Cameras would be live-streaming video and sound to HQ for monitoring and recording to secure servers for as long as an officer is on duty.

    Dispatchers or patrol sergeants would have total control of the function of the camera so that an officer can't use the "I forgot to turn it on" excuse.

    The level of distrust for police on the part of the citizens has reached a level that demands action...the law enforcement community CANNOT afford to let this fester.

    Having TOTAL transparency of officers' actions via live streaming cameras 24X7 would go a long way in reducing officer misbehavior and help to restore the public trust.

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 11:16 am on Fri, Jun 20, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 912

    "yea I did it, so what?" Can we break for lunch now?

  • Mark Ordonez posted at 10:18 am on Fri, Jun 20, 2014.

    marcoordonez Posts: 984

    But don't they realize by now New Mexico cops can say, "yea I did it, so what?" and the grand jury will be more than happy to rule it justifiable homicide?

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 9:40 am on Fri, Jun 20, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 912

    All the delays by police departments to question officers involved in a shooting are clearly meant to give police time to fabricate facts, plant evidence and rehearse testimony with legal counsel, as needed to secure a ruling of "justified". Giving officers time to deal with the "trauma" is a facade. It's ridiculous to say (as some "experts" have said) that waiting days produces a more accurate report. How would you know if it's "more accurate" or not? BS

  • Joe Montoya posted at 9:11 am on Fri, Jun 20, 2014.

    Joe_Montoya Posts: 122

    This investigation is lingering more than usual which is tarnishing the reputation of the Espanola Police Department and the New Mexico State Police. It appears to be somewhat un-professional and un-called for this agencies. The more delays in the investigation is not in the best interests of fair play.

  • Mark Ordonez posted at 8:43 am on Fri, Jun 20, 2014.

    marcoordonez Posts: 984

    Maybe if Espanola's Police union paid Apodaca and Trujillo "kill a citizen bonus $" that worked so well for the Albuquerque Police Department. Nothing ever happened to those cops. Seems like a good program....for cops anyway.

  • Chris Mechels posted at 7:45 am on Fri, Jun 20, 2014.

    Chris Mechels Posts: 281

    A comparison which is not made in this piece is the great difference between this investigation and a "normal" homicide investigation, not involving cops.

    When cops are not involved, it seems, at least from TV and the media, that a great emphasis is placed on early interviews, frequently w/o counsel, of those involved.

    The cops committed a "homicide", that is a fact. The question is whether it was a "justifiable homicide". It would seem that fair process would be to investigate all "homicides" in the same manner.

    So, why the great solicitude shown the cops, who have committed a "homicide". This case, and others, reek of special treatment for cops, and little concern for investigation. The State Police are NOT independent investigators, and are frequently involved in coverups, as is the case in the Jeanette Anaya shooting, where Officer Wilson lied to the Grand Jury, and the State Police "accident investigation" cleverly left out some information which would have contradicted Wilson's testimony.

    This is called police corruption folks, and it has a long history in New Mexico. It is playing out again in Espanola, and we just hired their corrupt Police Chief to head the Santa Fe police. God help us, are we really that ignorant???


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