Friday, January 20, 2012

APS Police Chief never saw the Caswell Report!

I'm sifting through some records surrendered to me by APS pursuant to a request under the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act.

I've come across the record of an email exchange between then APS Chief of Police Bill Reed and APS Director of Communications and Custodian of Public Records Rigo Chavez.

Chavez wrote;

"I asked (APS Executive Director of Human Resources) Andi Trybus for a copy of the RCI (Robert Caswell Investigations) investigation of Gil Lovato (APS Chief of Police) that MacQuigg was asking for, but she does not have it.
Do you have a copy?
To which Reed responded;
"I don't think he wants the RCI investigation, he wants the criminal one that we are wrapping up. I don't have the RCI one, I was never given a copy by APS."
Consider what has been admitted here;

  1. clearly Reed was aware of the RCI investigation of felony criminal misconduct by APS senior administrators, and

  2. though he is "wrapping up" his criminal investigation (more than three years! after it began), he still has not asked to see the RCI investigation, or he did ask to see it and
  3. the people who decided to have their own publicly funded private police force self-investigate is own felony public corruption, "has not given a copy" to Reed, for his investigation, of Caswell's evidence and credible testimony of felony criminal acts,
Apparently they never gave one to their Executive Director of Human Resources Andi Trybus. either.

That or they did send her one, and she lost or destroyed it.
She told Rigo Chavez she "does not have it."

Perhaps Chavez lied to Reed about having asked Trybus, or
about her claiming she didn't have it.

But why would he do that?

I have another email indicating Modrall claimed they never got a copy (or lost, or destroyed it).

This is either a Keystone Cops version of an investigation of public corruption and incompetence, or it is the cover up of one.

Kent Walz and the Journal. and KRQE, KOAT, KOB, and KKOB refuse still, to investigate and report upon the ethics and accountability scandal in the leadership of the APS.

Keystone Cops or cover up?

The answer apparently, is a little of the one and a lot of the other.


Anonymous said...

It sounds good on paper, but it is a horible idea in reality, with longterm consequences for our youth in Albuquerque.
APS Police work to cover up crime @ schools because the schools have to look clean,safe and pretty to protect administrators, including the Superintendent.
And yes, School Officers have to know how to handle kids, disabilities, mental retardation, etc... but what reasonable cop doesn't know how to reasonbly do this anyway?
I think "specialty training in dealing with kids"means the school cops are going to be "├╝nderstanding", therby going easy on these horrid kids.
Horrid, criminal disrespectful kids need to experience the power of authority that matches what they will soon find in the real world. Going easy on them is a horrible policy.
If a kid rapes another kid, or sells drugs, he/she should recieve cuffs, court, sentence equivilant to the crime... otherwise they will never learn.
Last proof: the stabbing murder of a 17 year old vs other 17 year old at the Charter school... who would we prefer to handle that? A school cop or a real, trained, seasoned APD officer?
I think the answer is obvious.
If the legislature makes private school police forces because some citizen morons thinks its good... then we will all pay the price,a nd our kids will be in even more danger!
Think about it.....

Anonymous said...

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