APD supporters say department is portrayed negatively by national media

Created: 05/08/2014 6:33 PM
By: Kai Porter, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The Albuquerque Police Department is once again in the national spotlight following last weekend’s deadly officer involved shooting of Armand Martin.

One of the department’s supporters said Americans are seeing just part of the picture when it comes to our police force.

Network news channels and national publications have picked up the story about APD’s officer involved shootings and the public’s strong reaction.

Some people who live here think the national attention giving the rest of the country the wrong impression.

“It's making Albuquerque look bad,” said one resident. “It's giving us a bad reputation is what it's doing.”

Bob Martinez, president of the state’s Fraternal Order of Police, said the country is only seeing a negative representation of the department.

“It's one side of the issue,” he said. “Clearly you can't take a snapshot then draw a conclusion and use a broad brush to paint every police officer as a bad person. The majority of our police officers are good men and women.”

He said APD needs to work through its issues and there needs to be communication and dialogue to heal the community.

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