What should be an open and shut criminal investigation of APS former Chief of Police Steve Tellez has taken more than a month and there is no end in sight. Doesn't that require some manner of explanation?
If not by Bernalillo County
Sheriff Dan Houston himself,
then by and though his
public information officer?
If not by them, than why not
It is taking so long because;
- Sheriff Dan Houston is part of a cover up of felony criminal misconduct involving an APS senior administrator; one of the innermost circle of power and influence in the APS, or
- Sheriff Dan Houston is really busy and hasn't gotten around to it, or
- Sheriff Dan Houston has more important things to investigate right now, or
- The case has suddenly become overwhelmingly complicated, or
According to Houston's PIO;
... to tell us anything (at all) right now, would alert potential defendants to destroy evidence, coordinate stories or flee the jurisdiction.Right, either that or "no progress is being made" is not
one of the choices on his "PIO Model" Magic 8-Ball, link.
How long must an investigation take before it has taken too long; egregiously long, willfully long?
Will statutes of limitation on felony criminal misconduct expire before the Steve Tellez investigation is complete? It wouldn't be the first time.
When APS' public funded private police force investigated allegations of felony criminal misconduct involving its own chief in 2007, they took so long to do it that statutes of limitation expired on felony criminal misconduct before they were done.
They still haven't released the findings. APS' Executive Director of Human Resources Andrea Trybus testified under oath; as far as she knows, they didn't conduct any investigation at all.
That investigation of allegations of felony criminal misconduct involving an APS Chief of Police was a Tellez investigation as well; not an investigation of Tellez, but one by Tellez. Tellez was Acting Chief of APS Police at the time of the supposed investigation; it was conducted by his subordinates.
The findings of all the investigations remain hidden by the leadership of the APS, from public knowledge. Even in violation of the law.
When they are finally produced, the findings will demonstrate that Steve Tellez had guilty knowledge of the public corruption and incompetence that brought down the former Chief Gil Lovato. They may even prove he participated in it. And then was promoted to Acting Chief, was responsible for overseeing the investigation of misconduct that likely included him, found none and ended up being secretly promoted to permanent Chief .
APS wouldn't be hiding the findings so hard,
if there were nothing in the findings to hide.
The failure of Kent Walz and the Journal to enforce the NM IPRA regarding the findings of investigations into public corruption and incompetence in the leadership of the APS Police force is so egregious as to appear deliberate beyond any reasonable doubt.
photo Mark Bralley