State police won't say if teen shot by officer had gun

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Posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 9:00 pm | Updated: 12:50 pm, Fri Jun 13, 2014.

A state police spokesman on Wednesday continued to refuse to confirm or deny a statement by the head of the Española Police Department that a 16-year-old boy who was shot and killed by a police officer Sunday morning had a gun.

Sgt. Damyan Brown of the state police, which is handling the investigation of the incident, said in an email that no further information would be released, at least until after the officers involved are interviewed Thursday.

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  • Khal Spencer posted at 12:37 pm on Thu, Jun 12, 2014.

    Khal Spencer Posts: 418

    Trust for police in many NM jurisdictions is a vanishing commodity. Mishandling the investigation of this shooting with delays, etc, doesn't do anything to restore the confidence that has been lost.

    My condolences to the family of the deceased. Regardless of the details, it is never good to have a teen shot down.

  • Justin Kingsley posted at 12:23 pm on Thu, Jun 12, 2014.

    Justin OB Posts: 5

    You can bet that if he had a gun they would make that the highlight of the public statement. They killed him and its another case of unqualified cops running around at the peril of the public.

  • Joy Kelley posted at 10:12 am on Thu, Jun 12, 2014.

    Joy Kelley Posts: 4

    Who has the film?
    Someone who is not afraid to speak out?
    It seems a neighboring store had a camera pointed that way. What are they saying?

  • Arthur Espinoza posted at 7:46 am on Thu, Jun 12, 2014.

    Spinoza Posts: 10

    A lot of irresponsible statements being made without the benefit of the investigation going on. WAIT and see what is found. I read/heard that the whole thing was on film, so that should solve the problem...

  • Alfred Padilla posted at 7:31 am on Thu, Jun 12, 2014.

    Xenoace32 Posts: 341

    I will stay my comments on this until investigators can figure out if its a stick or a gun or a figment of their imagination! [huh]

  • Chris Mechels posted at 7:25 am on Thu, Jun 12, 2014.

    Chris Mechels Posts: 67

    Seems like we chose the wrong man for SF Police Chief. He comes from the corrupt State Police culture which, as in this case, is more intent on coverup that investigation. We really need to use independent investigators.

    As for Garcia, like the State Police, he loves transparency, until you ask to see the data. Then the mumbles start. Translation, he knows what happened, and could state it if he chose to, because the State Police don't own him. He's part of the coverup.

    Good job by Uriel Garcia, in bringing an outside evaluation to the game. The State Police delay in interviewing the officers, and not keeping them isolated from each other, allows them to fabricate a common story. We wouldn't allow suspects the same opportunity, so why the cops, who are notorious for lying in such situations.

    Again, the State Police are not independent investigators, they are collaborators.

  • Joy Kelley posted at 6:39 am on Thu, Jun 12, 2014.

    Joy Kelley Posts: 4

    When the family files a wrongful death lawsuit, which seems inevitable, then the weapon, plus any videos, must be in evidence. It will probably be very costly for taxpayers if law enforcement cannot prove their contentions.

  • Diane Garrity posted at 5:51 am on Thu, Jun 12, 2014.

    Rocket5 Posts: 1

    Shoot first and cover up the details is now the norm for NM. Perhaps the change in the police academy use of force policy that this administration tried to keep secret is to blame. Something changed and we are not safe.

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 11:42 pm on Wed, Jun 11, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 569

    They wait days to interview the officers involved, so that they can collaborate and fabricate their story, and possibly find a suitable weapon to present as the one the victim supposedly was carrying. It's obvious that law enforcement's priority is to first cover their legal loose ends and work with their attorneys to get their story "straight", so that no one contradicts anyone on the force, and they can evade honest full disclosure and justice.


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