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Wife of slain officer speaks at APD support rally

Updated: 04/12/2014 10:42 PM | Created: 04/12/2014 10:34 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A large crowd of Albuquerque Police Department supporters came out on Saturday morning.

The wife of an officer shot in the line of duty by a mentally ill man was there to speak.

“I appreciate you I love you and I support you,” Debbie King said.

King says it is time to speak out.

She was at Saturday morning’s pro APD rally to defend the department her husband once loved.

“Officers don't go out thinking I'm going to get in a gun battle today or I'm going to have to hurt somebody today, they go out there thinking I'm going to help somebody today,” King said. “And I know that coming from an officer's wife.”

In 2005, Debbie’s husband Michael King and Officer Richard Smith, did a welfare check on John Hyde—a diagnosed bipolar schizophrenic.

Police say Hyde gunned down the two officers and as part of a cross-town shooting rampage he killed three other people.

Nine years later, Debbie King is advocating for more help for the mentally ill.

“Mental illness is a big issue and I think there needs to be an outcry to help mentally ill and to have things put in place,” King said.

She says she watched the lapel video of the shooting of James Boyd, but does not want to place blame.

“I think we saw bits and pieces of what really happened in that situation and until you walk in some body's shoes it’s very difficult to say what should be done and what shouldn't be done.”

King says these high profile cases bring a negative light to the department, but she is here to bring hope that things will get better. 


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