Petition calls for grand jury investigation into APD shootings

Updated: 05/29/2014 6:24 PM | Created: 05/29/2014 6:23 PM
By: Kristen Garcia

An Albuquerque man has started a petition calling for a grand jury to investigate the Albuquerque Police Department and all deadly officer involved shootings since 2010.

Petition organizers believe the District Attorney let some officers off the hook for what they feel were unjustified shootings.

“Every single officer who has shot someone in Albuquerque has been cleared,” said petition organizer Danny Hernandez. “So there's something wrong with the system.”

He said he has gathered about 1,500 signatures so far. He needs 8,665, or 2% of registered voters, before he can submit the petition to the country clerk.

The petition calls for a grand jury to investigate officer-involved shootings and what Hernandez considers cover-ups and other questionable acts by APD

Hernandez says he decided to start the petition after officers shot and killed mentally ill homeless man James Boyd in March.

He says it's just one of many unjustified shootings by APD.“In looking at all the shootings, obviously not every officer who shot a man to death or a woman to death is going to be charged, but in also looking at some of those cases you can see that some of them might be.”

Hernandez wants all of the 26 deadly APD shootings since 2010 to be included in the grand jury investigation.

He dismisses anyone that calls him a conspiracy theorist. “I wouldn't consider it a conspiracy as much as I would consider it what the DOJ is calling it which is a culture of aggression and officers covering for each other,” said Hernandez. “I get it. They don't want to see their brothers go to jail.”

If Hernandez gets enough signatures, they'll have to be verified before he hands the petition over to district court. It remains unclear what would happen then.

The District Attorney's office said they're aware of the petition but don't want to comment until it gets more signatures.

KOB also reached out to APD for comment, but they haven't gotten back to us yet.

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