Created: 05/07/2014 6:25 PM
By: Kai Porter, KOB Eyewitness News 4
There may be no helmet or lapel camera capturing the crucial moments right before an Albuquerque Police Officer shot and killed a 50-year-old Air Force veteran last Saturday.
Officer Daniel Hughes, 12-year veteran, shot Arman Martin when police said Martin ran out his house shooting after a 5-hour long standoff.
APD released two short video clips Tuesday from helmet cameras worn by SWAT team members, but the clip only showed officers walking up to Martin’s lifeless body and turning him over to reveal two handguns under him. The clips did not show the moment Martin was shot or the moments leading up to it.
In an email to KOB Eyewitness News 4 Wednesday, an APD spokesperson wrote, “Lapel videos are still being reviewed, but no lapel camera videos have been found to capture footage of the actual shooting thus far.”
David Correia, an outspoken critic of APD and an assistant professor at UNM, said that statement is troubling.
“This is predictable and this is precisely what the Department of Justice report says on pages 35 and 36 that in particular SWAT at APD almost routinely fails to capture video of all of their engagements,” said Correia.
APD also said Officer Hughes was was acting as a cover officer when he shot Martin and was not required to wear a helmet in that capacity.
Correia also finds that concerning.
“If this is true then the Albuquerque Police Department should have put lapel cameras on everybody and helmet camera videos on everybody,” he said.
APD said its officers were either too far away to capture the shooting, taking cover behind armored vehicles, or didn’t have their body worn camera pointed at the front of the house where martin was shot
“There's no way no for us to evaluate whether or not Armand Martin was a threat, because there's no lapel camera video,” said Correia.
The standoff started with Martin last Saturday afternoon, when his wife called 911 saying he had threatened her and two children with a gun. Police spent 5 hours negotiating with Martin and tried to talk him into surrendering peacefully.
APD is still investigating and reviewing video taken from cameras worn by officers.