Good news: a dirty dozen resign.

Any time a dozen union cops band together and resign their duties (if not their jobs), something’s probably going in the right direction for good change.

And, if you can believe the union spokesperson for the Albuquerque cops (I don’t), some 20 of the city’s “finest” have left the department over the past two months — ostensibly due to poor morale.

Good for Albuquerque, and good riddance to the cops who refuse to change their ways.

Credit: Original Photo: Adam Rhew/Charlotte Magazine via Reuters. caption: Police officers wearing riot gear block a road during protests after police fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Charlotte, North Carolina. The city’s mayor, Jennifer Roberts, promised a swift investigation into the actions of officer Brentley Vinson, who joined the police department in 2014.). Cited in “On That Riot Cop/Bus Photo After Police Kill Black Man in Charlotte,” by Michael Shaw (2016). Editorial banner added by Tumalo Lookout.

This report is from KOB 4 News, Albuquerque, NM.

More than a dozen APD officers resign from Emergency Response Team following weekend protest

Megan Abundis

Updated: April 14, 2021 10:17 PM

Created: April 14, 2021 08:38 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — More than a dozen APD officers quit the Emergency Response Team (ERT) following a counterprotest over the weekend. 

“This comes down to a lack of trust,” said Shaun Willoughby, president of the Albuquerque Police Officers’ Association. 

Seventeen officers, one lieutenant, and two sergeants resigned from the team that handles protests. According to Willoughby, he said his officers feel over-scrutinized, so they decided to take a stand with each other. 

“They’re damned if they do, and they’re damned if they don’t,” he said.

Willoughy said the resignations stem from the protest that happened on Civic Plaza over the weekend. During the protest, officers said an armed man was taunting demonstrators, so APD field officers detained him. At the time of his detainment, the man was not charged. 

APD officials later reversed that decision, and put an officer on leave for the day to conduct an investigation. APD said there was a breakdown in the chain of command about whether charges would be pressed against the armed man.

“They don’t feel supported here, and they don’t feel trust. They feel second guessed, and they don’t feel that they can do their job, no matter how perfect they do their job, without getting in trouble,” Willoughby added.

An APD spokesperson sent KOB 4 the following statement about the incident:

“Chief Medina made it clear that we cannot have a breakdown in communication during critical incidents. We have worked hard to earn back the public’s trust. We will lose that trust if we resist accountability and culture change.”

The Albuquerque Police Officers’ Association believes APD’s priorities are compliant with reform efforts, but they feel that crime should be the focus. 

“I think Mayor Keller needs to make a serious decision of what this police department’s priority structure is,” Willoughby said. “I think that he needs to carry that sentiment down to the police chief, so that your police officers feel supported.”

Aside from the Emergency Response Team, Willoughby said many people have left the department altogether. Around 20 officers have quit over the last two months. 

“We are seeing a dramatic increase of Albuquerque police officers applying to go to other departments,” he said. “Morale, let’s not even talk about it because it doesn’t exist. There is no morale. Your Albuquerque police officers are absolutely miserable at work— nobody’s happy.”

APD said the resignations won’t impact crowd control operations in the future. They also reiterated that the officers who resigned from the ERT did not resign from being an officer at the department. 

Copyright 2021 – KOB-TV LLC, A Hubbard Broadcasting Company

From The Tumalo Lookout:

Truth tell, there actually is a need for cop unions. If you don’t believe that, you weren’t paying attention to the many failures of leadership at all levels of the U.S. Capitol Police, leading up to Trump’s seditious insurrection of January 6, 2021.

But I’ve said this before: we need good cop unions — not the ones that defend and perpetuate the worst of American cop culture. Which is all that we have now.

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